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Dwight Eisenhower

1890-1969 ,  American general & President
Dwight EisenhowerEisenhower, also widely known by his nickname Ike, was an American soldier and politician. He served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, and was later elected the 34th President of the United States of America.

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If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.

There is one thing about being President: nobody can tell you when to sit down.

The general limits of your freedom are merely these: that you do not trespass upon the equal rights of others.

When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.

You just can't have this kind of war. There aren't enough bulldozers to scrape the bodies off the streets.

speaking about nuclear war

I believe the only way to protect my own rights is to protect the rights of others.

I believe as long as we allow conditions to exist that make for second-class citizens, we are making of ourselves less than first-class citizens.

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

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.

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

The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

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

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

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

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

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

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

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

Unless we progress, we regress.

Beware the influence of the military-industrial complex.

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

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.

In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence.

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

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

All generalizations are false, including this one.

attributed also to Marc Twain and others

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


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