Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes


"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."

"Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin."

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

"No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves."

"Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars."

"Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen."

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

"Things are more like they are now than they ever were before."

"When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose."

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

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

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

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

"Before all else, we seek, upon our common labor as a nation, the blessings of Almighty God."

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

"May we, in our dealings with all the peoples of the earth, ever speak the truth and serve justice."

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

"A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done."

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

"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

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

"There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure."

"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."

"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."

"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 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."

"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."

"Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people."