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Dean Acheson Quotes


United States Secretary of State under President Harry S. Truman.
(1893 - 1971)

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A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
[Writers And Writing]
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Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.
[Change]
 

Americans assume Canada to be bestowed as a right and accept this bounty, as they do air, without thought or appreciation.
 

Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.
 

Great Britain has lost an empire and has not yet found a role.
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I am willing to join in your statement on the ground that I feel about the future of the United States whenever the President starts out on his travels the way the Marshal of the Supreme Court does when he opens a session of that Court. You will recall that he ends up his liturgy by saying "God save the United States for the Court is now sitting."
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I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
 

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.
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If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past.
 

It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake.
 

My constant appeal to American liberals was to face the long, hard years and not to distract us with the offer of short cuts and easy solutions begotten by good will out of the angels of man's better nature...The road to freedom and peace is a hard one.
 

Negotiating in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree.
 

No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.
 

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

The first requirement of a statesman is that he be dull. This is not always easy to achieve.
[Politicians]
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The future comes one day at a time.
[The Future]
 

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

The greatest mistake I made was not to die in office.
 

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

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


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