37 Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes


Here are some good Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States. Before that, he was a 5 star general in the army which is why many of the quotes relate to war.


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


“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.”


“Don’t think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”


“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.”


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


“War settles nothing.”


“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”


“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”


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


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


“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.”


“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.”


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


“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.”


“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.”


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


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


“Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.”


“We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.”


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


“Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”


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


“There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.”


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


“How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?”


“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.”


“Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.”


“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?”


“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.”


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


“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”


“Pessimism never won any battle.”


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


“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”


“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.”


“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.”


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

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