Donald Rumsfeld: A Tribute

I know this is a bit out of context but consider some of the notable quotes by Donald Rumsfeld, an illustrious member of various US Presidential administrations. Also – take the politics out of this. My tribute is strictly about his use of words – something we have in abundance (as in a lotta yottabytes) in this webby world of social ethno-centric journalism.  Think about some of these quotes in the context of todays social web, networks and graphs in the cloud.

So here are some of my favourite quotes:

“I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.” 

“I believe what I said yesterday. I don’t know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it’s what I said.”

“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

“If I said yes, that would then suggest that that might be the only place where it might be done which would not be accurate, necessarily accurate. It might also not be inaccurate, but I’m disinclined to mislead anyone.”

“There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn’t exist.”

“Well, um, you know, something’s neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said.”

“Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often.”

“I don’t know what the facts are but somebody’s certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know.”
 
“Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I’m an old man, it’s early in the morning and I’m gathering my thoughts here.”

“If I know the answer I’ll tell you the answer, and if I don’t, I’ll just respond, cleverly.”

“Oh, Lord. I didn’t mean to say anything quotable.”

– Ted Morris, 4ScreensCRM

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