The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.
In the Observer, 21 June 1970.
You can't argue with a river – it is going to flow. You can dam it up, put it to useful purposes, you can deflect it, but you can't argue with it.Dean Gooderham AchesonOn the fruitlessness of keeping Russian fishermen from waters that should be off limits. Quoted in Dean Acheson: The State Department Years by David S. McLellen (1976).
He wanted to be independent of the vagaries of butlers.Dean Gooderham Acheson1961 Of Winston Churchill, who liked to keep a champagne bottle next to his plate. Sketches from Life of Men I Have Known.
Neither action nor style could have accomplished the result alone.Both were needed.Dean Gooderham Acheson1975 Of Winston Churchill's charisma. Grapes from Thorns.
His speeches were prepared with that infinite capacity for taking pains, which is said to be genius.Dean Gooderham Acheson1975 Of Winston Churchill. Grapes from Thorns.
Breathless and bewildered like an old ladyat a busy intersection.Dean Gooderham AchesonOn the State Dept under Cordell Hull. Quoted in David S McLellan Dean Acheson: The State DepartmentYears (1976).
Our name for problems is significant.We call them headaches.You take a powder and theyare gone.Dean Gooderham AchesonQuoted in David S McLellan Dean Acheson: The State DepartmentYears (1976).
A memorandum iswritten not toinformthereader butto protect the writer.Dean Gooderham Acheson1977 In the Wall Street Journal, 8 Sep.
The Canadians seem to be held together with string and safety pins.Dean Gooderham AchesonQuoted in David S McLellan and David C Acheson (eds) Among Friends: Personal Letters of Dean Gooderham Acheson (1980).
Trust him as much as you would a rattlesnake with a silencer on its rattle.Dean Gooderham Acheson1980 Advice to President Truman on J Edgar Hoover. Quoted in David S McLellan and David C Acheson (eds) Among Friends: Personal Letters of Dean Gooderham Acheson (1980).
How gently, wisely, and justly G MYoung deals with him. That is not the way to write biography.Dean Gooderham AchesonCollected in David S McClellan and David C Acheson (eds) Among Friends: Personal Letters of Dean Gooderham Acheson (1980). OnYoung's biography Stanley Baldwin (1952).
The Iraqi is really not whacky toady, perhaps, even tacky. When they gave him the word, he gave us the bird and joined with the Arabs, by cracky!Dean Gooderham AchesonLimerick written during dull meeting of Foreign Ministers. Quoted in Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas The Wise Men (1986).
It is just as full of propaganda as a dog is full of fleas. In fact, I say it's all fleas and no dog.Dean Gooderham AchesonOf Russian Foreign Minister Andre Vishinsky's proposal that the US should withdraw from postwar Europe. Quoted in James B Reston Deadline (1991).
With a nation, as with a boxer, one of the greatest assurances of safety is to add reach to power.Dean Gooderham AchesonAlluding to US bases in Europe. Quoted in James B Reston Deadline (1991).
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