Dean Acheson Quotes

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He struck me as looking like a pear on top of two toothpicks.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve.
— Dean Acheson


An extraordinary man.  A real Centaur—part man, part horse's ass. A rough appraisal, but curiously true.
Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes both parties are more anxious to agree than disagree.
— Dean Acheson

negotiation diplomacy

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


Time spent in the advertising business seems to create a permanent deformity like the Chinese habit of footbinding.


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


I try to remember...the comments of an old lady of my acquaintance. She said that "the best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."