Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

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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.

persuasion

Pessimism never won any battle.
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pessimism

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

justice peace

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful war.
I just won't get into a pissing contest with that skunk.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

peace freedom

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
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principles privilege

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

You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that's assault, not leadership.
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leadership

You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
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leadership

You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That's assault, not leadership.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

leadership

Politics is a profession — a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
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An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
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An atheist is a guy who watches a Notre Dame-SMU football game and doesn't care who wins.
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football

The history of free people is never really written by chance but by choice — their choice.
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There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
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death parents

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

planning

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're thousand miles from a corn field.
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farming

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
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farming

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it's the size of the fight in the dog.
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motivational perseverance iconic attitude

The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
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politics

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

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight--it is the size of the fight in the dog.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

courage

Belligerence is the hallmark of insecurity—the secure nation does not need threat to maintain its position.

insecurity

An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame - Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
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atheism

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

People want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
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peace

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

future

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

censorship

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

peace

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

humility

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
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

peace

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.
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America rebels revolution

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single over-riding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that objective.
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success

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.
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determination

Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface.  The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.

compromise

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.
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war

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

freedom

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
— 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

leadership integrity

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

power

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

nuclear

We have heard much of the phrase, peace and friendship. This phrase, in expressing the aspiration of America, is not complete. We should say instead, peace and friendship, in freedom. This, I think, is America's real message to the rest of the world.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
May we pursue the right--without self-righteousness. May we know unity--without conformity. May we grow in strength--without pride in self. May we, in our dealings with all peoples of the earth, ever speak truth and serve justice. May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame of brightly- until at last the darkness is no more.