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Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes (101)

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
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An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame - Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
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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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Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not.
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Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.
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Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
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Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
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Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
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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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Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
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How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
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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.
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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.
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I deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere to get American citizens to obey the orders of constituted courts.
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I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.
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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.
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I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
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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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I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
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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 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.
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I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
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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.
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I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.
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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.
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I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
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If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
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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.
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In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
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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.
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Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
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Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.
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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.
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No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know.
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Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
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Only Americans can hurt America.
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Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
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Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
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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.
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Our pleasures were simple - they included survival.
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Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
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Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
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Pessimism never won any battle.
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Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
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Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
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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.
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Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
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Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
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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.
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The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
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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.
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The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
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The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
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The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
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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.
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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.
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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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The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.
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The sergeant is the Army.
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The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
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