- See also
- I must say I don't object to its being called McNamara's War. I think it is a very important war and I am pleased to be identified with it and do whatever I can to win it.
- In: United States. Congress. Senate (1964) Hearings, Vol. 4, p. 177: Of the Vietnam War
- Management is the gate through which social and economic and political change, indeed change in every direction, is diffused through society.
- Robert McNamara (1967); quoted in: Bruce Rich (1994) Mortgaging the Earth: The World Bank, Environmental Impoverishment and the Crisis of Development, p. 83
- You can never substitute emotion for reason. I still would allow a place for intuition in this process, but not emotion. They say I am a power gabber. But knowledge is power, and I an giving them knowledge, so they will have more power. Can't they see that?
- In: Henry L. Trewhitt (1971) McNamara, p. 119
- It would be our policy to use nuclear weapons wherever we felt it, necessary to protect our forces and achieve our objectives.
- In: Herbert Y. Schandler (1975), US Policy on the Use of Nuclear Weapons, 1945-1975. p. 55
- Lesson #7: Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
Lesson #8: Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning.
Lesson #9: In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil.
Lesson #10: Never say never.
Lesson #11: You can't change human nature...
- Robert S. McNamara (2004), Official Teacher's Guide for The Fog of War, p. 5
- I would rather have a wrong decision made than no decision at all.
- Quoted in: Charles A. Stevenson (2006), SECDEF: The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense, p. 28
- Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests, that the United States is, or should or could be the global gendarme.
- In: Charles E. Miller (2010) Conscience, Denied, p. 21