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250 Insightful Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes On Leadership

1. “I don’t like the idea of something where you have to depend upon the integrity of the man and not the integrity of the institution.”


2. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


3. “Both political parties have moved to the right during the neoliberal period. Today’s New Democrats are pretty much what used to be called “moderate Republicans.” The “political revolution” that Bernie Sanders called for, rightly, would not have greatly surprised Dwight Eisenhower.


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


5. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. –Dwight Eisenhower


6. “So the world is again faced with the problem of armed aggression.


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


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


9. “There was an excess of drinking, whoring, fighting. Older British observers complained, “The trouble with you Yanks is that you are overpaid, oversexed, and over here.” (To which the Yanks would reply, “The trouble with you Limeys is that you are underpaid, undersexed, and under Eisenhower.”)”


10. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


11. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


12. “The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


13. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” - Dwight Eisenhower


14. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


15. “Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


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


17. “Older British observers complained, "The trouble with you Yanks is that you are overpaid, oversexed, and over here." (To which the Yanks would reply, "The trouble with you Limeys is that you are underpaid, undersexed, and under Eisenhower.")”


18. “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. ”


19. “President Eisenhower warned us decades ago against feeding the enormous appetite of the military industrial complex. And since that time we have disregarded the admonition of a president and a general and proceeded to revolve our entire economy around the industries of war.”


20. “I remember that Eisenhower’s historian S. L. A. Marshall once claimed that to destroy the enemy battery, you hiked to Utah Beach, borrowed four Sherman tanks from the 4th Infantry Division, and sicced them on the enemy guns.”


21. “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. ” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


22. “Wars are stupid and they can start stupidly.”


23. “Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.”


24. “Teachers need our active support and encouragement. They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land. They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


25. “We are ready in short, to dedicate our strength to serving the needs, rather than the fears, of the world.”


26. “One day the people of the world will want peace


27. “Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


28. “Moreover, Middle East oil was a great prize.”


29. “We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.”


30. “The history of free men is never written by chance but by choice - their choice.”


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


32. “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


33. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ General Dwight Eisenhower


34. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


35. “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.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


36. “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower


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


38. “It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


39. “How far have we come in man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward light? Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?”


40. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,


41. “As we peer into society's future, we -- you and I, and our government -- must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”


42. “Never waste a minute thinking of anyone you don’t like.” – Eisenhower


43. Commander, USN(Ret), MDiv, MS, MA, CSP’S article


44. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


45. “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”


46. “At the hangars, each jumpmaster was given two packs of papers, containing an order of the day from Eisenhower and a message from Colonel Sink, to pass around to the men. “Tonight is the night of nights,” said Sink’s. “May God be with”


47. “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”


48. “To pause there would be to confirm the hopeless finality of a belief that two atomic colossi are doomed malevolently to eye each other indefinitely across a trembling world. To stop there would be to accept helplessly the probability of civilization destroyed, the annihilation of the irreplaceable heritage of mankind handed down to us from generation to generation, and the condemnation of mankind to begin all over again the age-old struggle upward from savagery towards decency, and right, and justice. Surely no sane member of the human race could discover victory in such desolation.”


49. “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? ”


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


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


52. “Having established as our goals a lasting world peace with justice and the security of freedom on this earth, we must be prepared to make whatever sacrifices are demanded as we pursue this path to its end.”


53. “For all that we cherish and justly desire -- for ourselves or for our children -- the securing of peace is the first requisite.”


54. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


55. “Plans are worthless. Planning is essential.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


56. In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower


57. “The time has passed for dilly-dallying. We must demand satisfactory performance.”


58. “For every obstacle, there is a solution. Persistence is the key. The greatest mistake is giving up!” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


59. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


60. “Worry is a word that I don't allow myself to use.”


61. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


62. “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.”


63. “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.”


64. “Leadership is the ability to decide what is to be done and then get others to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


65. Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. — Dwight D. Eisenhower


66. “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.”


67. “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”


68. “Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.”


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


70. “For a just and lasting peace, here is my solemn pledge to you: by dedication and patience we will continue, as long as I remain your President, to work for this simple -- this single -- this exclusive goal.”


71. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


72. “We will accept nothing less than full Victory!”


73. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


74. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”– Dwight D. Eisenhower


75. “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”


76. "Pessimism never won any battle.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


77. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower


78. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. —General Dwight Eisenhower


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


80. “It was a special day for every soldier who participated in what General Eisenhower called ‘the great crusade.’ In one of his first books on D-Day, Stephen Ambrose said, ‘Sometimes a single day’s combat reveals more about the character of a nation than a generation of peace.’ That’s how I feel about June 6, 1944.”


81. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


82. “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.”


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


84. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” — Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. President


85. “When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing. I told him I wanted to be a real Major League baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he'd like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish.”


86. “Every leader should have enough humility to accept, publicly, the responsibility for the mistakes of the subordinates he has himself selected and, likewise, to give them credit, publicly, for their triumphs.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


87. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower


88. “It’s a big and growing problem, the amount of power possessed by Google and Facebook. President Eisenhower said it about the military-industrial complex. They pose a grave threat to our democracy.” Tim Sweeney


89. “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.”


90. “Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”


91. “All generalizations are inaccurate, including this one.”


92. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”


93. “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.”


94. “An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame - Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.”


95. “Every battle is going to surprise you. No plan ever survives contact with the enemy.”


96. “If you are waging peace, you can't be too particular sometimes about the special attitudes that different countries take. We were a young country once, and our whole policy for the first 150 years was, we were neutral. We must not be parsimonious, as long as we are not shooting, we are not spending one tenth as much.”


97. “War is mankind's most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men.”


98. “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.”


99. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes, author and speechwriter for presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.


100. “Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


101. 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.' – Dwight D. Eisenhower


102. Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. —Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


103. “Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is.”


104. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


105. “The problem is not merely man against man or nation against nation. It is man against war.”


106. “The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


107. “Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


108. “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. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.... Is there no other way the world may live?”


109. “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower


110. “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.”


111. “The building of such a peace is a bold and solemn purpose. To proclaim it is easy. To serve it will be hard. And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning -- and ready to pay its full price.”


112. “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”


113. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


114. “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.”


115. “I’ll tell you what leadership is. It’s persuasion and conciliation, and education, and patience.”


116. “They may excuse failure but they will not excuse abandonment.”


117. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” General Dwight Eisenhower


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


119. “By mutual respect, understanding and with good will we can find acceptable solutions to any problems which exist or may arise between us.”


120. “As for myself and for the Secretary of State and others involved, including those in the Legislature, we stand ready to do anything, to meet with anyone, anywhere, as long as we may do so in self-respect, demanding the respect due this Nation, and there is any slightest idea or chance of furthering this great cause of peace.”


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


122. You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that’s assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower


123. “The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!”


124. “Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.”


125. “To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


126. “The right to challenge a man's judgment carries with it no automatic right to question his honor.”


127. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight Eisenhower


128. “Older British observers complained, “The trouble with you Yanks is that you are overpaid, oversexed, and over here.” (To which the Yanks would reply, “The trouble with you Limeys is that you are underpaid, undersexed, and under Eisenhower.”)”


129. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


130. “During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by use of a weapon whose employement was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of "face." The secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude, almost angrily refuting the reasons I gave for my quick conclusions.”


131. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


132. “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.”


133. “No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won’t make you cry.”


134. “Art is a universal language and through it each nation makes its own unique contribution to the culture of mankind.”


135. “Freedom has been defined as the opportunity for self-discipline.”


136. “Pessimism never won any battle.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


137. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower


138. “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower


139. “Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.”


140. “To the USSR on Stalin's death: "Regardless of the identity of government personalities, the prayer of us Americans continues to be that the Almighty will watch over the people of that vast country and bring them in His wisdom opportunity to live their lives in a world where all men, and women, and children, dwell in peace and comradeship.”


141. “Statesmanship is developed in the hard knocks of general experience, private and public.”


142. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed — those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending its money alone — it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”


143. “There is a kind of dictatorship that can come about through a creeping paralysis of thought, readiness to accept paternalistic measures by government, and along with those measures comes a surrender of our own responsibilities and therefore a surrender of our own thought over our own lives and our own right to exercise the vote. The free system gives the right to every citizen to do something for himself. Because he has the right, the opportunity is always there.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


144. “If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.”


145. “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.”


146. “Someday 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” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


147. “There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.”


148. “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.”


149. “The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”


150. “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


151. “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.


152. “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.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


153. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.”


154. “If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”


155. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president


156. Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well. —Dwight D. Eisenhower


157. “It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


158. “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”


159. “True delegation implies the courage and readiness to back up a subordinate to the full; it is not to be confused with the slovenly practice of merely ignoring an unpleasant situation in the hope that someone else will handle it.”


160. “We must achieve both security and solvency. In fact, the foundation of military strength is economic strength,”


161. “The supreme quality for leadership is integrity.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


162. “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


163. “Pessimism never won any battle.”


164. It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you. — Dwight D. Eisenhower


165. “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.


166. “make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone’s been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practice – somewhat contrived, I admit – to write the man’s name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and say to myself: “That finishes the incident, and so far as I’m concerned, that fellow.” The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


167. “Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”


168. “Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


169. “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.”


170. “I have said time and again there is no place on this earth to which I would not travel, there is no chore I would not undertake if I had any faintest hope that, by so doing, I would promote the general cause of world peace.”


171. “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


172. “The only things worth counting on are people you can count on.”


173. “Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...”


174. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower


175. “Plans are useless, but planning is essential.”


176. “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. ”


177. “Without a doubt, psychological warfare has proven its right to a place of dignity in our military arsenal.”


178. “We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.”


179. “Only Americans can hurt America.”


180. “If a man’s associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


181. “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have


182. Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — General Dwight Eisenhower


183. It is probably a pity that every citizen of each state cannot visit all the others, to see the differences, to learn what we have in common, and come back with a richer, fuller understanding of America – in all its beauty, in all its dignity, in all its strength, in support of moral principles. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


184. Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


185. “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


186. “President Eisenhower warned us decades ago against feeding the enormous appetite of the military industrial complex. And since that time we have disregarded the admonition of a president and a general and proceeded to revolve our entire economy around the industries of”


187. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


188. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it” — Dwight D Eisenhower


189. “Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.”


190. You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that’s assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower


191. “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


192. “Through knowledge and understanding we will drive from the temple of freedom all those who seek to establish over us thought control, whether they be agents of a foreign state or demagogues thirsty for personal power and public notice.”


193. “I never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency.


194. "Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower


195. “Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Montgomery, President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill were giants on a world stage. You and your men were different to me, though. You came from the cities, backgrounds, and places I came from. You had some of the same problems and situations. Your triumph was one of character more than ability or talent. I do not mean to imply that you or your men lacked talent and ability, but I could identify with your talents and abilities. I will never be able to speak like Churchill or have the ambition of Patton, but I can have the quiet determination of Easy Company. I can be a leader; I can be loyal; I can be a good comrade. These are the qualities that you and your men demonstrated under the harshest of conditions. Surely I can do the same in my normal life.”


196. “The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


197. “No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one.. Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”


198. “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”


199. “No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one’s best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one’s duty.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


200. “shot through the heart, and you're to blame! you give love, a bad name.”


201. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


202. “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


203. “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.”


204. “You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics.”


205. “This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual -- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.


206. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


207. You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership. –Dwight Eisenhower


208. “We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


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


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


211. “Don't be afraid to go to your library and read every book as long as any document does not offend your own ideas of decency.”


212. “On the international stage, Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Montgomery, President Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Churchill were all giants.” You and your soldiers, on the other hand, were not like me. You come from the same cities, backgrounds, and locations that I did. You had some of the same issues and circumstances that I did. More than aptitude or talent, your victory was based on character. I don’t intend to suggest that you or your guys were lacking in aptitude or ability, but I could relate to your abilities. I’ll never be able to talk like Churchill or have Patton’s drive, but I can have Easy Company’s calm persistence. I have the ability to lead, to be loyal, and to be a good comrade. These are the characteristics you and your soldiers displayed in the most difficult of circumstances. In my everyday life, I’m sure I’ll be able to accomplish the same.”


213. “I made two mistakes and both of them are sitting on the Supreme Court. [Referring to Earl Warren and William Brennan]”


214. “When General Eisenhower was elected president, his predecessor, Harry Truman, said: “Poor Ike; when he was a general, he gave an order and it was carried out. Now he is going to sit in that big office and he’ll give an order and not a damn thing is going to happen.” The reason why “not a damn thing is going to happen” is, however, not that generals have more authority than presidents. It is that military organizations learned long ago that futility is the lot of most orders and organized the feedback to check on the execution of the order. They learned long ago that to go oneself and look is the only reliable feedback.5 Reports—all an American president is normally able to mobilize—are not much help. All military services have long ago learned that the officer who has given an order goes out and sees for himself whether it has been carried out. At the least he sends one of his own aides—he never relies on what he is told by the subordinate to whom the order was given. Not that he distrusts the subordinate; he has learned from experience to distrust communications.”


215. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”


216. “Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”


217. “The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.”


218. “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


219. “It seemed to me that constant stressing of the individual rights and privileges of American citizenship had overshadowed the equally important truth that such individualism can be sustained only so long as the citizen accepts his full responsibility for the welfare of the nation that protects him in the exercise of these rights.”


220. “You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.”


221. “Those who take the extreme positions in American political and economic life are always wrong.”


222. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


223. “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


224. “No battle was ever won according to plan, but no battle was ever won without one.”


225. “So -- our readiness to meet and defeat this kind of possible attack is forced upon us, both as a potent preventive of actual war and to insure survival in event of attack. This alertness to danger has to be translated into specific policies and activities in the several parts of the world where our rights -- our way of life -- can be seriously damaged. Work of this kind occupies my days and nights.”


226. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower


227. “There was only one justification for the use of troops; to uphold the law. Though Faubus denied it, I, as President of the United States, now had that justification and the clear obligation to act ... the 101st Airborne Division, from nearby Fort Campbell, Kentucky, arrived in Little Rock; another five hundred moved in later the same day.”


228. “Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.”


229. “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


230. “History teaches that, when powerful despots can gain something


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


232. Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower


233. “Unless we progress, we regress.”


234. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower


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


236. “The supreme quality for leadership is integrity.”


237. “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.”


238. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


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


240. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


241. “Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.”


242. “Take your job seriously, but not yourself.”


243. “My own recommendation, then as always, was that no operations should be undertaken in the Mediterranean except as a directly supporting move for the Channel attack and that our planned redeployment to England should proceed with all possible speed. Obviously a sufficient strength had to be kept in the Mediterranean to hold what we had already gained and to force the Nazis to maintain sizable forces in that area.”


244. 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. —Dwight D. Eisenhower


245. “Before a battle, planning is everything. Once the fighting has begun, it’s worthless.”


246. “Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.”


247. “Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.”


248. “It is better to have one person working with you than three people working for you.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


249. “Good planning without good working is nothing.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


250. “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.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


251. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


252. “Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of our courts.”


253. “Every leader should have enough humility to accept, publicly, the responsibility for the mistakes of the subordinates he has himself selected and, likewise, to give them credit, publicly, for their triumphs.”


254. “Never send a battalion to take a hill if a regiment is available.”


255. “Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, former U.S. President


256. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower


257. “The same day I saw my first horror camp, I visited every nook and cranny. I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.” ~ Dwight D Eisenhower Quotes


258. “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.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


259. “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower


260. “The world could be fixed of its problems if every child understood the necessity of their existence.”


261. You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that’s assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower


262. “The world is more like it is now then it ever has before.”


263. “Ideologen sind Leute, die glauben, dass die Menschheit besser sei als der Mensch.”


264. “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.” — Dwight D Eisenhower


265. “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”


266. The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. — Dwight Eisenhower


267. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight Eisenhower


268. “I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of the way and let them have it.”


269. “God, I hate the Germans...”


270. In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

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