"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."
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."Robert M. Gates on Albert Einstein
"If there's ever an example that military power alone cannot be successful in Afghanistan, I think it was the Soviet experience."
"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."
"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."