You haveto take chances for peace, just as you must take chances in war? The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessaryart. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
1956 Quoted in'How Dulles Averted War', in Life magazine, 16 Jan. His biographer Peter Grose in Gentleman Spy (1994) claims Dulles'never actually used the word 'brinkmanship', but the label stuck to him as the legacy of a diplomatic strategy that was reckless for the nuclear age'.
We have reconfirmed the unity and firmness of our position, the position expressed in the Joint Communique of the four powers at Paris on December 14th. We do not accept any substitution of East Germans for the Soviet Union in its responsibilities toward Berlin and its obligations to us. We are resolved that our position in, and access to, West Berlin shall be preserved.John Foster Dulles
The Soviets sought not a place in the sun, but the sun itself. Their objective was the world. They would not tolerate compromise on goals, only on tactics.John Foster Dulles