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Quotes of the day: Dean Rusk

Published Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 11:13 PM EST
Feb 08 2016

David Dean Rusk KBE (February 9, 1909 – December 20, 1994) was the United States Secretary of State from 1961 to 1969 under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Rusk is the joint-second- longest serving U.S. Secretary of State of all time, behind only Cordell Hull and tied with William H. Seward. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Continuity does not rule out fresh approaches to fresh situations.

Give a member of Congress a junket and a mimeograph machine and he thinks he is secretary of state.

I wouldn't make the slightest concession for moral leadership. It's much overrated.

Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something.

The best way to persuade people is with your ears- by listening to them.

The usual cause of evil in the world is that at any given time half the people in the world are awake.

We have tried to make it clear that the United States is not just an old cow that gives more milk the more it is kicked in the flanks.

We were eyeball-to-eyeball and the other fellow just blinked. (re: 1962 Cuban missile crisis)

When you solve a problem, you ought to thank God and go on to the next one.


(February 9 is also the birthday of Alice Walker and Brendan Behan.)

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