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John Foster Dulles Quotes


Served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959.
(1888 - 1959)

A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
 

I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go out and riot occasionally.
[History]
 

If you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
[Courage]
 

Mankind will never win lasting peace so long as men use their full resources only in tasks of war. While we are yet at peace, let us mobilize the potentialities, particularly the moral and spiritual potentialities, which we usually reserve for war.
 

Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.
 

Once - many, many years ago - I thought I made a wrong decision. Of course, it turned out that I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought that I was wrong.
 

Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.
 

The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.
 

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
[Success]
 

The principle of neutrality ... has increasingly become an obsolete conception, and, except under very special circumstances, it is an immoral and shortsighted conception.
[Commitment]
 

The United Nations was not set up to be a reformatory. It was assumed that you would be good before you got in and not that being in would make you good.
 

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities.
[War]
 

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
[Politics]
 

There are plenty of problems in the world, many of them interconnected. But there is no problem which compares with this central, universal problem of saving the human race from extinction.
 

We walked to the brink and we looked it in the face.