"First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Donald Rumsfeld on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Donald Rumsfeld on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Donald Rumsfeld on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Donald Rumsfeld on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Donald Rumsfeld on Joseph Stalin
"Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those goals."
"Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House."
"Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help."
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
"Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person, despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position."