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.
On 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).
The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull.Dean Gooderham Acheson
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 Acheson
He wanted to be independent of the vagaries of butlers.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Neither action nor style could have accomplished the result alone. Both were needed.Dean Gooderham Acheson
His speeches were prepared with that infinite capacity for taking pains, which is said to be genius.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Breathless and bewildered like an old ladyat a busy intersection.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Our name for problems is significant.We call them headaches.You take a powder and theyare gone.Dean Gooderham Acheson
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.Dean Gooderham Acheson
The Canadians seem to be held together with string and safety pins.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Trust him as much as you would a rattlesnake with a silencer on its rattle.Dean Gooderham Acheson
How gently, wisely, and justly G MYoung deals with him. That is not the way to write biography.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Homage to plain dumb luck.Dean Gooderham Acheson
Charm never made a rooster.Dean Gooderham Acheson
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 Acheson
With a nation, as with a boxer, one of the greatest assurances of safety is to add reach to power.Dean Gooderham Acheson
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