All Quotations / Quotations from Dwight D Eisenhower
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence.
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.
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.
Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.
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.
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.
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.
I could have spoken from Rhode Island where I have been staying ... But I felt that, in speaking from the house of Lincoln, of Jackson, and of Wilson, my words would better convey both the sadness I feel in the action I was compelled today to make and the firmness with which I intend to pursue this course until the orders of the federal court at Little Rock can be executed without unlawful interference. (On sending troops to enforce integration in Little Rock AR High School)
I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built. (On construction of reviewing stands for inauguration of his successor John F Kennedy)
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem-and that yardstick is Is it good for America
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.
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.
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.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
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.
No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know.
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can complel 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.
Our pleasures were simple-they included survival.
People in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than governments.
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.
That was and still is the great disaster of my life-that lovely, lovely little boy.
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.
The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.
There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign.
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss.
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
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.
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
When you are in any contest you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.