"If there's ever an example that military power alone cannot be successful in Afghanistan, I think it was the Soviet experience."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Robert M. Gates on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Robert M. Gates on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Robert M. Gates on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Robert M. Gates on Marilyn Monroe
"I have always that there ought to be some kind of mandatory national service, not necessarily in the military but to show everybody that freedom isn't free, that everybody has an obligation to the nation as a community."
"Health care costs are eating the Defense Department alive."
"When I was the director of Central Intelligence in the early '90s, I tried to get the Air Force to partner with us in building drones. And they didn't want to, because they had no pilots."
"There is no international problem that can be addressed or solved without the engagement and leadership of the United States and everybody in the world knows that, its just fact of life. So sometimes I think we could conduct ourselves with a little more humility."
"Well, I've ruffled a few feathers at all the institutions I've led. But I think that's part of leadership."