From SL comes this collection of Rummy classics. Ah the passing of an era:
"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.”
"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty." In an interview with the Washington Post
"It is unknowable how long [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." To U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy
"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."
"We do know of certain knowledge that [Osama bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead. And we know of certain knowledge that we don't know which of those happens to be the case."
"Well, you know, something's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said."
"That's all you guys do is read these books. You ought to get a life." To reporters during a press briefing
"I have never painted a rosy picture. I have been very measured in my words, and you'll have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been excessively optimistic. I understand this is tough stuff." At Senate hearings, in an exchange with Sen. Hillary Clinton
"I don't do quagmires."
"I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."