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Dwight D. Eisenhower
October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969
Nationality: American
Category: President
Subcategory: American President

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.


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.


Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.


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


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


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.


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.

    Topics: Government

War settles nothing.


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?


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.


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


I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.

    Topics: Politics

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.


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


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

    Topics: Motivational

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


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


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


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.


I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?


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