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Dean Acheson
1893 - 1971

American lawyer, U.S. Secretary of State (1948-1953) to Harry Truman, influential in the development of the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, and NATO. Acheson is credited with helping to keep the Cold War cold, and preserving Western interests through his cool management of international tensions.

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

Apr. 22, 1966 - from a speech to the Society of American Historians, as reported in The Wall Street Journal
Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.

Mar. 31, 1962 - from a speech in Independence, Missouri