Dean Acheson Quotes (16 quotations)

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

2. Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. - Dean Acheson

3. Between 9 and 10 AM the American radio is concerned almost exclusively with love. It seems a little like ending breakfast with a stiff bourbon. - Dean Acheson

4. Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed. - Dean Acheson

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

6. I have a curious and apprehensive feeling as I watch JFK that he is sort of an Indian snake charmer. - Dean Acheson

7. 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. - Dean Acheson

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

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

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

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

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

13. 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

14. The thing to remember is that that the future comes one day at a time. - Dean Acheson

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

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

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