Dean Acheson Quotes

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve. Dean Acheson

Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of foot-binding. Dean Acheson

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

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

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. Dean Acheson

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

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

Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree. Dean Acheson