Quotes by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 March 28, 1969) was an American soldier and politician. He served as the 34th President of the United States (19531961) as well as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army.

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

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
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.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth
Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.
Only Americans can hurt America.
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.
Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Every gun that is fired, 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. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
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.
I have found out in later years that my family was very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. [On his childhood]
Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
So that here we have, really, the compound, the overall philosophy of Lincoln: in all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with the peoples money or their economy, or their form of government, be conservativeand dont be afraid to use the word. And so today, Republicans come forward with programs in which there are such words as balanced budgets, and cutting expenditures, and all the kind of thing that means this economy must be conservative, it must be solvent. But they also come forward and say we are concerned with every Americans health, with a decent house for him, we are concerned that he will have a chance for health, and his children for education. We are going to see that he has power available to him. We are going to see that everything takes place that will enrich his life and let him as an individual, hard-working American citizen, have full opportunity to do for his children and his family what any decent American should want to do.
Biggest damfool mistake I ever made.
Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.
The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
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.
There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
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.
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.
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.
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
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.
I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
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. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citzenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Some day there is going to be a man sitting in my present chair who has not been raised in the military services and who will have little understanding of where slashes in their estimates can be made with little or no damage. If that should happen while we still have the state of tension that now exists in the world, I shudder to think of what could happen in this country
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.
But I believe this: by and large, the United States ought to be able to choose for its President anybody that it wants, regardless of the number of terms he has served. That is what I believe. Now, some people have said You let him get enough power and this will lead toward a one-party government. That, I dont believe. I have got the utmost faith in the long-term common sense of the American people. Therefore, I dont think there should be any inhibitions other than those that were in the 35-year age limit and so on. I think that was enough, myself.
If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. Theyll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
I believe that for the past twenty years there has been a creeping socialism spreading in the United States.