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.
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.
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.
A man's accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.
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.
Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.
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.
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.