Dwight D. Eisenhower

(Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower)

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Born: October 14, 1890
  • Died: March 28, 1969
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower 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.

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... any man who seeks to deny equality among all his brothers betrays the spirit of the free and invites the mockery of the tyrant. Freedom & Liberty
... encourage the free play of our people's genius for individual initiative. Miscellaneous
... the greatest man who walks in America. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
... the Kremlin ought to put McCarthy on its payroll. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
... this idea that all wisdom is in the President, in me, that's baloney.... I don't believe this government was set up to be operated by anyone acting alone; no one has a monopoly on the truth and on the facts that are affecting this country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
... we Americans know and we observe the differences between world leadership and imperialism. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
... we, the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve. Leaders & Leadership
... you have broader considerations that might follow what you would call the "falling domino" principle. You have a row of dominoes set up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the certainty that it will go over very quickly. So you have the beginning of a disintegration that would have the most profound influences. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
..Well, we've had a good growl. Management & Managing Government
[He is] too used to borrowing brains instead of using his own. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a distasteful but vital necessity Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
… a loser! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… so that in 50 years no one could claim that this did not happen. War & Peace
…we had a very desperate situation, or we thought it was at least, in Central America, and we had to get rid of a Communist government which had taken over, and our early efforts were defeated by a bad accident and we had to help, some send help right away. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Society ;Lobbying & Special Interests
A serious and explicit purpose of our foreign policy is the encouragement of a hospitable climate for investment in foreign nations. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A serious and explicit purpose of our foreign policy is the encouragement of a hospitable climate for private investment in foreign nations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A voter without a ballot is like a soldier without a bullet. Voters, Voting & Elections
Across all the globe there harshly blow the winds of change Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
All of us know that if an individual, a community, or a state is going continuously and successfully to defy the rulings of the courts, then anarchy results. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Always take your job seriously, never yourself. Leaders & Leadership
America’s fundamental aspiration is the preservation of peace…. This can only be done on the basis of comprehensive and appropriate information. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
America’s last hero is dead. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
America’s youth really own this country. Miscellaneous
Americans, indeed all free men, remember that in the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains. Military & Veterans ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
And we have got to fight [communism] with something better, not try to conceal the thinking of our own people. They are part of America. And even if they think ideas that are contrary to ours, their right to say them, their right to record them, and their right to have them at places where they are accessible to others is unquestioned, or it isn't America. Freedom & Liberty
Any nation’s right to form a government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable…. Any nation’s attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Any nation's right to form a government and an economic system of its own choosing is inalienable.... Any nation's attempt to dictate to other nations their form of government is indefensible. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
As far as the satellite itself is concerned, that doesn’t give me any apprehension at all. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
As quickly as you start spending Federal money in large amounts, it looks like free money. Budgets & Budgeting
Atoms for Peace Energy ;Secrecy & Transparency ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Before we can finalize our plans … English, Languages & Bilingualism
Can that be true when America is billions in debt, when prices have doubled, when taxes break our backs and we are still fighting in Korea? It’s tragic and it’s time for a change. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Companies like yours have got to do business with Japan [because] that country must be economically sound. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Trade
Counter-Productive English, Languages & Bilingualism
Crises there will continue to be ... Threats of new kinds will always appear. Management & Managing Government ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Destiny has laid upon our country the responsibility of the free world's leadership. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Determination of presidential disability is really a political question. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Disarment ... is a continuing imperative. Arms Race & Disarmament ;Military & Veterans ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go into your library and read every book so long as any document does not offend your own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship. Freedom & Liberty
Ever since 1946, all the so-called experts have been yapping about what would happen when Stalin dies and what we as a nation should do about it. We’ll he’s dead, and you can turn the files of our government inside out—in vain—looking for any plans laid. We have no plan. We are not even sure what difference his death makes. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Every dollar needlessly spent on our military … diminishes our overall security. Budgets & Budgeting
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 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. War & Peace
Every war will astonish you. War & Peace
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
For Christ sake, why do you make an appointment with a guy that's gonna kiss me? Diplomacy & Diplomats
Forces of good and evil are massed and armed and opposed as rarely before in history…. Freedom is pitted against slavery; lightness against the dark. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Goddammit, he looks like a loser to me …. When I had an officer like that in World War II, I relieved him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Governments must act and private citizens cooperate urgently through voluntary means to secure this right [of birth control programs] for all people. Failure would limit the expectation of future generations to abject poverty and suffering and bring down upon us history's condemnation. Foreign Aid ;Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Greed, greed, greed. That’s the fundamental problem of mankind. If we can solve that problem, the rest of man’s problems would follow. The only thing that can undermine our free society is greed. Human Nature
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, we may never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Here is one of the most peculiar types of operation any government can have. It probably takes a strange kind of genius to run it. Leaders & Leadership
Here, then, is joined no argument between slightly different philosophies [of America and Russia]. This conflict strikes directly at the faith of our fathers and the lives of our sons. No principle or treasure that we hold ... lies safely beyond the reach of this struggle .... Freedom is pitted against slavery; lightness against the dark. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid History
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. History ;Freedom & Liberty
Honoring the identity and the special heritage of each nation in the world, we shall never use our strength to try to impress upon another people our own cherished political and economic institutions. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Honoring the identity and the special heritage of each nation in the world, we shall never use our strength to try to impress upon another people our own cherished political and economic institutions. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I am convinced that no military victory is possible in this theater. [Vietnam]
I am polite and I usually always consult them [Congressional leaders]. I don't ask their permission. I just consult them. Intergovernmental Relations
I believe that for the past twenty years there has been a creeping socialism spreading in the United States. Miscellaneous
I can only presume that you have gone out of your mind. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I cannot imagine any set of circumstances that would ever induce me to send federal troops ... to enforce the orders of a federal court, because I believe the common sense of Americans will never require it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I come from the heart of America. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I consider it to be the duty of anyone who sees a flaw in the plan not to hesitate to say so. Miscellaneous
I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the middle. Leaders & Leadership
I do not feel that I have any duty to seek a political nomination, in spite of the fact that many have urged to the contrary. Because of this belief I shall not do so. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don’t know how to do what you have to do to get something out of a congressman. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don't believe in mud slinging. I don't think it does any good. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. Poverty
I got where I did [in the military] by knowing how to hide my ego and hide my intelligence. Military & Veterans
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can. War & Peace
I have found out in later years we [his family] were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then. Poverty
I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs who did not agree that had elections been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly 80 percent of the population would have voted for Ho Chi Minh. Voters, Voting & Elections
I have no objection to the twist as such, but it does represent some kind of change of our standards. What has happened to our concepts of beauty, decency, and morality? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I have no sympathy with anyone, whatever his station, who will not brook criticism. Leaders & Leadership
I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem—and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? Policy & Policy Making
I have serious doubts about the value of debates in a presidential election. They tend to be a test of reaction time rather than a genuine exposition of the participants' philosophies and programs Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I have serious doubts about the value of debates in a presidential election. They tend to be a test of reaction time rather than a genuine exposition of the participants' philosophies and programs. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I hope to God that I know what I am doing. Leaders & Leadership
I hope, George, that you know what you're doing. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I just don't want their support. McCarthy said he apologized to the American people for supporting me; that is just the way I want it and I wish he would say it again. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I just will not—I refuse—to get into the gutter with that guy. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I personally like Adams ... I respect him because of his personal and official integrity. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I refuse to put anything into suave diplomatic language. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I stand for expanded Social Security and more real benefits. Believe me, sir, if I’m president, I’ll give you older folks action not just sympathy. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
I studied dramatics under him [General Douglas MacArthur] for twelve years. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I suppose I am a conservative where business is concerned, and a liberal with regard to people. Liberals & Conservatives
I think it makes no difference whether or not I endorse it. The Constitution is as the Supreme Court interprets it and I must conform to this and do my best to see that it is carried out in this country. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
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. Government ;Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;War & Peace
I think you are going to have to send troops to Vietnam and if you do, I will come up from Gettysburg to support you. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I told that dumb son-of-a-bitch not to go down there, I told him it was no place for the Chief of Staff. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Military & Veterans
I want a national health policy where everyone is covered—just like we have in the military. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I want to give businessmen an honorable place but they make crooks out of themselves. Business, Commerce & Finance
I will only run for President if I'm nominated by both parties. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’ll lie as much as the next guy when my country’s interests are involved—if I have a chance of being believed.. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion; its conciliation, and education, and patience. It’s long, slow, tough work. That’s the only kind of leadership I know, or believe in, or will practice. Leaders & Leadership
I’ve watched Dick a long time, and he just hasn’t grown. So I haven’t been able to believe he is presidential timber. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power. Political Parties & Machines
If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. Defense & National Security
If I cannot attend to my duties, I am simply going to give up this job. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
If I mis-hit the golf ball, the world doesn't blow up. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead. Development & Growth
If that comes up, I'll just confuse them. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
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. Hope ;United Nations
If you give me a week I'll think of one. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you give me a week, I might think of one. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you go and live with these Arabs, you will find that they cannot understand our ideas of freedom and human dignity. They have lived so long under dictatorships of one kind or another, how can we expect them to run successfully a free government? Freedom & Liberty ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
If you renounce isolationism, I won’t run for President. Miscellaneous
I'm a soldier and I'm positive no one thinks of me as a politician. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I'm not going to censor you fellows. I'm just leaving it up to each man's sense of responsibility. Media, Journalism & The Press
In holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that could itself become the captive of a scientific technological elite. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
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. Military & Veterans
It [the UN] has given uniquely valuable services in many places where violence threatened. It is the only real world forum where we have the opportunity for international presentation and rebuttal…. The United Nation deserves our continued firm support. United Nations
It is always convenient for a self-conscious nationalistic government to cry out against ‘outside interference’ when anything goes wrong. Intergovernmental Relations
It is always convenient for a self-consciously nationalistic government to cry out against “outside interference” when anything goes wrong. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
It is essential to efficient and effective administration that employees of the Executive Branch be in a position to be completely candid in advising each other on official matters ... it is not in the public interest that any of their conversations or communications, or any documents or reproductions, concerning such advice be disclosed. Secrecy & Transparency
It is not enough just to take this weapon [nuclear bombs] out of the hands of the soldiers. It must be put into the hands of those who will know how to strip its military casing and adapt it to the arts of peace. Energy ;Arms Race & Disarmament
It is not the Federal government that makes prosperity in this country. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
It’s very hard really to look a soldier in the eye when you fear that you are sending him to his death. War & Peace
I've made two major mistakes in my administration, and their both sitting on the Supreme Court.
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. Leaders & Leadership
Leadership involves persuasion, and conciliation, and education and patience. It's long, slow, tough work. That is the only kind of leadership I know or will believe in, or will practice. Leaders & Leadership
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Leaders & Leadership ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice. Justice & Injustice
Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a simple matter of justice. Discrimination & Prejudice
Like all peoples, Russian millions share our longing for a friendly and peaceful world. War & Peace
May we know unity without conformity. Citizenship & Patriotism
Mob rule can not be allowed to override the decisions of our courts. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars. Military & Veterans
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. Future ;History
No Americans may be involved in any operations partaking of a military character in Indonesia Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
No easy problems ever come to the President. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
No free people can for long cling to any privilege or enjoy any safety in economic solitude. Foreign Trade
No one has any right to question my aides about any advice they had ever given me. Secrecy & Transparency
None of us posses a crystal ball. Management & Managing Government
Nothing guides Russian policy so much as a desire for friendship with the United States. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Now that we have a Republican Congress, their [Republican members of Congress] job is to hold up the hands of executive departments, but they have not learned that yet. Their automatic thinking is to tear them down. Corruption
Nowhere on this planet today is there an impregnable fortress, a continent or island so distant that it can ignore all the outer world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Oh, what a lovely title, ex-president Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
OK then the South won’t get any blood! Miscellaneous
Only a United States that is strong and immensely productive can help defend freedom in our world Defense & National Security
Organization cannot make a genius out of a dunce. Management & Managing Government
Our best protection against bigger government in Washington is better government in the states. Intergovernmental Relations
Our government makes no sense, unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith—and I don't care what it is. Religion & God
Our landings … have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops …. The troops, the air, and the navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone. War & Peace
Our purpose is to preserve South East Asia. We know from Munich on, that when you give, the dictators feed on raw meat. If the take South Vietnam, they tale Thailand; they take Indonesia; they take Burma; they take all the way back to the Philippines. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Our system must remain solvent as we attempt a solution to this great problem of security. Else we have lost the battle from within that we are trying to win from without. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Patriotism means equipped forces and a prepared citizenry. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in a true sense, a noble one. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Public opinion wins war. I have always considered as quasi-staff officers, correspondents accredited to my headquarters. Public Opinion & Polling
Realizing that common sense and common decency alike dictate the futility of appeasement, we shall never try to placate an aggressor by the false and wicked bargain of trading honor for security. Defense & National Security
Reduction in taxes will be justified only as we can show we can succeed in bringing the budget under control.... Until we can determine the extent to which expenditures can be reduced, it would not be wise to reduce our revenues. Taxes
Remember those great speeches MacArthur made from the Philippines? I wrote all those. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Republicans are the party of the rich. The Democrats are the party of the people. Political Parties & Machines
Respecting the United Nations as the living sign of all people's hope for peace, we shall strive to make it not merely an eloquent symbol but an effective force United Nations
Should any party try and eliminate social security, … and labor laws, you would not hear from that party much again. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Stick to the truth, avoid exaggeration. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Success cannot be advertised: failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung, often even among their own fraternity. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Success cannot be advertised: Failure cannot be explained. In the work of intelligence, heroes are undecorated and unsung. . Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The 22nd Amendment limiting a president to two terms is an act of retroactive vindictiveness rather than judicious thinking about the institutions of the republic. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The demands on me which must be met make me a slave instead of a master. Leaders & Leadership
The eyes of the world are on you. Leaders & Leadership
The financial solvency and economic soundness of the United States constitute the first requisite of collective security in the free world. That comes before everything else. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The first order of business is the elimination of the annual deficit. Budgets & Budgeting
The impoverishment of any single people in the world means danger to the well-being of all other peoples. Poverty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The last question I would ask of someone I was considering appointing to office is how he would act in a specific situation.
The last thing I would ever ask any man that I appoint to a high office is what are going to be his decisions in specific cases.
The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The necessary and wise subordination of the military to civil power will be best sustained when life-long professional soldiers abstain from seeking high political office. Military & Veterans
The Negro is going to be relegated to the menial jobs and will not get his promotions because the competition is too tough. Discrimination & Prejudice
The people who know war, those who have experienced it ... I believe are the most earnest advocates of peace in the world. War & Peace
The possibility that I will ever be drawn into political activity is so remote as to be negligible. Miscellaneous
The strength of all free peoples lies in unity; their danger, in discord Defense & National Security
The structure of our intelligence system is faulty. It makes no sense. It has to be reorganized, and we should have done it years ago. Nothing has changed since Pearl Harbor. I have suffered an 8 year defeat on this. I will leave a Legacy of Ashes to my successor Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
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. Media, Journalism & The Press
The United States will never take part in an aggressive war. War & Peace
The way to cut the military budget is to go to the commanding officer of each military facility and tell him he will get another star if he cuts his budget, and we will be trampled in the stampede to save money. Military & Veterans
The world is in need of your good health. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There are no alternatives to peace. War & Peace
There is going to be no involvement of America in war unless it is the result of the Constitutional process that is placed upon Congress to declare it. War & Peace
There is one thing about being President—nobody can tell you when to sit down. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
These Southerners are not bad men. They just want to be sure that their daughters will not have to go to school and sit next to a big Negro. Discrimination & Prejudice
They [the Founding Fathers] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith. Citizenship & Patriotism
Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
This administration will work toward the eventual elimination of segregation from our national life Discrimination & Prejudice
This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign. Leaders & Leadership
To think that an old soldier should come to this. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Today, the solitary inventor has been over-shadowed by groups of scientists. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Unless we progress, we regress. Development & Growth
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates. Management & Managing Government
We are told that the American soldier does not know what he is fighting for. Now at least he will know what he is fighting against. War & Peace
We can not subscribe to one law for the weak and another law for the strong; one law for us, another for our opponents. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We cannot go on fighting a war for small hills. War & Peace
We cannot let the present government go on there [Cuba]. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We face a hostile ideology [Communism]—global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have been compelled to create an amaments industry of vast proportions. Defense & National Security ;Military & Veterans
We have been compelled to create an armaments industry of vast proportions. Military & Veterans
We have never stopped sin by passing laws. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We have won an armistice on a single battleground, not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest. War & Peace
We live in a sea of semantic disorder in which old labels no longer faithfully describe. Police states are called "people's democracies." Armed conquest of free people is called "liberation. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
We recognize and accept our own deep involvement in the destiny of men everywhere. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We recognize and accept our own deep involvement in the destiny of men everywhere. We are accordingly pledged to honor, and to strive to fortify, the authority of the United Nations. For in that body rests the best hope of our age for the assertion of that law by which all nations may live in dignity. United Nations
We shall never acquiesce in the enslavement of any people in order to purchase fancied gain for ourselves. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
We should do everything possible to stress the Holy War aspect Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We won’t be carrying on with government. We’ll be grubbing for worms. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Weakness cannot cooperate with anything. Only strength can cooperate. Power
Well, I’ll be darned. When you put on a uniform there are certain inhibitions which you accept. Military & Veterans
What rights don't they have? Discrimination & Prejudice
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in this world must first come to pass in the heart of America. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
When emotions are deeply stirred, progress must be gradual. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
When I was at West Point I had to go to church every Sunday, I am not going back to that. Religion & God
When you commit the flag, you commit it to win. Flags & National Anthems
Why do I always have to be the one to bring the bad news to the people? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
With 450,000 U.S. troops now in Vietnam, it is time that Congress decided whether or not to declare a state of war exists with North Vietnam War & Peace
With some of Mr. Roosevelt's political acts I could never possibly agree. But I knew him solely in his capacity as leader of a nation at war -- and in that capacity he seemed to me to fulfill all that could possibly be expected of him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You boys must be crazy. We can’t use those awful things against Asians for the second time in less than ten years. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
You boys must be crazy. We can't use that awful thing against Asians for the second time in a decade. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
You can ask me any question you want, but don't ask me to criticize anyone else. Media, Journalism & The Press
You don't promote the cause of peace by talking only to people with whom you agree. War & Peace
You know, I don't understand how a man goes through life without any friends. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You’ve never had it so good! Slogans & Mottoes
An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame - Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not.
Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.
Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative.
Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
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. War & Peace
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
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. Women
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.
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. Women
How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
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 deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere to get American citizens to obey the orders of constituted courts.
I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.
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. Life
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. War & Peace
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.
I have only 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. War & Peace
I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.
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 a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
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. War & Peace
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. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Freedom & Liberty
I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
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? War & Peace
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
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. Power ;Government
In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
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.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Motivation ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old, and that I know.
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Only Americans can hurt America.
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
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. Life ;Hope
Our pleasures were simple - they included survival.
Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. War & Peace
Pessimism never won any battle.
Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
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. History
Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
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.
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 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. Life
The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield. History
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 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. War & Peace
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.
The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both.
The sergeant is the Army.
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
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. Leaders & Leadership ;Success
The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.
There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
There is no person in this room whose basic rights are not involved in any successful defiance to the carrying out of court orders.
There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were. Life ;Death
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history. History
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. Respect ;Trust
Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. War & Peace
Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
War settles nothing. War & Peace
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. War & Peace
We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
Well, when you come down to it, I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War & Peace
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. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
'Worry' is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. Leaders & Leadership
You have a row of dominoes set up; you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly.