Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

For every obstacle there is a solution. Persistence is the key. The greatest mistake is giving up!

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The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.

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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.

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The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.

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

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Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

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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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You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

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Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.

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To be true to one's own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.

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Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.

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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. This 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. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.

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Some day there is going to be a man sitting in my present chair who has not been raised in the military services and who will have little understanding of where slashes in their estimates can be made with little or no damage. If that should happen while we still have the state of tension that now exists in the world, I shudder to think of what could happen in this country

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Always try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

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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. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

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

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If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.

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Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.

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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.

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And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.

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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. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel 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.

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If our founding fathers were alive today, they'd roll over in their graves.

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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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No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won't make you cry.

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Beware the military-industrial complex.

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

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Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.

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Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like.

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Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.

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The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.

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The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.

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Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.

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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.

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Don't join the book burners!

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Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

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Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.

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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

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Disorganization can scarcely fail to result in efficiency.

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The speed, accuracy and devastating power of American Artillery won confidence and admiration from the troops it supported and inspired fear and respect in their enemy.

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The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.

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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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But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. 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. And any who act as if freedoms defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.

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Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements...the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples.

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Pessimism never won any battle.

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It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.

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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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Leadership is the ability to decide what is to be done and then get others to do it.

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Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be.

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Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

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