Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up.
If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past
We have actively sought and are actively seeking to make the United Nations an effective instrument of international cooperation
Negotiation in the classic diplomatic sense assumes parties more anxious to agree than to disagree
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 have a curious and apprehensive feeling as I watch JFK that he is sort of an Indian snake charmer.
Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies
The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
Between 9 and 10 AM the American radio is concerned almost exclusively with love. It seems a little like ending breakfast with a stiff bourbon.
Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.
The experiences of the years...have brought the country, particularly its young people, to a mood of depression, disillusion, and withdrawal from the effort to affect the world.
In response, Acheson wrote to tell a tale of large conceptions, great achievements...Its hero is the American people.
Force can overcome force, but a free society cannot long steel itself to dominate another people by sheer force.
Only immediate assertion of leadership by the United States could prevent war in the next decade...The President and the Secretary of State must shock the country into a realization of its peril...
... the situation was still too delicate for complete candor and the ultimate truth too unformed for statement.
The simple truth is that perseverance in good policies is the only avenue to success...
Not all the arts of diplomacy are learned solely in its practice. There are other exercise yards.
The best environment for diplomacy is found where mutual confidence between governments exists...
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.
The position of the United States had undergone a drastic change; the purpose and capabilities of the State Department had not.
The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
The qualities which produce the dogged, unbeatable courage the British, personified at the time by Winston Churchill, can appear in other settings as stubbornness bordering on stupidity.