“The foreign policy profession is, let me put it gently, full of baloney. It’s people who talk about the complexities, people who talk about vast problems, it’s people who talk about managing relations and getting along. And your father had a very different orientation, similar to mine, which was, 'how do you begin to fix the problem?'"

– LES GELB

 

“You know he wrote an autobiography when he was 14. At the end, he writes, most people write their autobiographies after they’re famous. I’m writing mine before I’m famous.”

– ANDREW HOLBROOKE

 
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I think that the interesting question is how do you be that complete parent if you are doing a job that is so demanding, and demanding like you don’t control the schedule. You do not control the schedule at all. And don’t kid yourself, there’s gonna be trade offs. It ain’t so easy to be a parent when you’ve got such and such meeting, at midnight, because there’s a security crisis. There are trade offs in life, and being a parent, and doing these jobs is really a tough one.”

– ANTHONY HOLBROOKE

 

At that time the New York Times was the place to be if you wanted to be a journalist. If you wanted to be in foreign affairs or wanted to be a diplomat, there was only one place to be, which was the State Department and the foreign service. Those were the two things he was interested in.”

– LITTY HOLBROOKE

 

“He was a strong player with a strong point of view. He brought out strong responses. And when people saw a misstep, they jumped at it. I mean, they just thought ‘Oh my God, if this one would take out Holbrooke, it’d be great.’ You know, he was controversial. He was big. He was strong. He stepped on a lot of toes, and he was right about a stunning amount of stuff.”

– JIM JOHNSON

 
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I see it now as I travel around the world and see that there's no one like him and that, how badly, not just Richard Holbrooke the man, but such a forceful advocate for American engagement in the world, is missing now. And how our options are not boots on the ground or nothing but there's the Richard option, which is creative, relentless diplomacy."

– KATI MARTON

 
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“There’s nothing on Earth like vitality. And every time he walked in a room, it would be more questions, more energy for the answers and more passion, more passionate certainty that we could be better at something.”

– DIANE SAWYER

 
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“He just wasn’t prepared to be just an ordinary bureaucrat. He wanted to understand what was going on. To meet those who made decisions and to be able to influence those decisions.”

– FRANK WISNER