Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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

When you are in any contest you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.

Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and co-operation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.

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

I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.

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

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired in the final analysis, is a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and not clothed.

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

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

Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought.

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.

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.

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.

One of these days, the people are going to demand peace of the government, and the government is going to have to give it to them.

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.

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.