33 Mind-Blowing Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

Dwight D. Eisenhower was an American politician and Army General. Serving as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. Serving as a member of the Republican Party, Eisenhower was considered to be a moderate conservative and continued New Deal agencies and the expansion of Social Security. His largest program was the Interstate Highway System. Serving two terms as President, there were many successes seen. Here is a look at some of the best Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes that capture his values and belief system.

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”


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

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

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex.”

“In vast stretches of the earth, men awoke today in hunger. They will spend the day in unceasing toil. And as the sun goes down they will still know hunger. They will see suffering in the eyes of their children.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

Here is a short biography with President Dwight D. Eisenhower as he served as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Forces during World War II.

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