Dwight D. Eisenhower

This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give it to them.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is far more important to be able to hit the target than it is to haggle over who makes a weapon or who pulls a trigger.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The sergeant is the Army.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere to get American citizens to obey the orders of constituted courts.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no person in this room whose basic rights are not involved in any successful defiance to the carrying out of court orders.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some years ago I became president of Columbia University and learned within 24 hours to be ready to speak at the drop of a hat, and I learned something more, the trustees were expected to be ready to speak at the passing of the hat.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn’t know it then.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our pleasures were simple – they included survival.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Well, when you come down to it, I don’t see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

‘Worry’ is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our forces saved the remnants of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I’m saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only Americans can hurt America.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
Dwight D. Eisenhower

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it’s usually lousy.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pessimism never won any battle.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the final choice a soldier’s pack is not so heavy as a prisoner’s chains.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

War settles nothing.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

You have a row of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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