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Quotes by Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • American president
  • Born October 14, 1890
  • Died March 28, 1969

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-how-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American Army general and statesman who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. During World War II, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front.


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




What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.




Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.


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?




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




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




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.




War settles nothing.


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




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's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.




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.




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.




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




Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.


The sergeant is the Army.




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.




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




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




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


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




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.




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.




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




Well, when you come down to it, I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?




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.




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




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.




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.




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



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