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Dean Acheson

Dean Acheson



Title: Secretary of State Dean Gooderham Acheson
Full Name: Dean Gooderham Acheson

Born: April 11, 1893
Birthplace: Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: October 12, 1971

Occupation: Lawyer and Statesman
Profile: U.S. Secretary of State (1949-1953).

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Acheson
Number of Quotes: 17




A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.

Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.

Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.

I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.

If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past.

It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake.

Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.

The great corrupter of public man is the ego. Looking at the mirror distracts one's attention from the problem.

The greatest mistake I made was not to die in office.

The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.

The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.

Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up.

We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation.

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