"The price of being close to the President is delivering bad news. You fail him if you don't tell him the truth. Others won't do it."
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."Donald Rumsfeld on Marcus Aurelius
"Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either."Donald Rumsfeld on Albert Einstein
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."Donald Rumsfeld on Buddha
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."Donald Rumsfeld on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."Donald Rumsfeld on Winston Churchill
"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."