Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?

Dwight D. Eisenhower, or Ike, as his friends called him, was an American army general and statesman who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

Born October 14, 1890
Died March 28, 1969

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Best 30 Quotes by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“Only Americans can hurt America.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day, war will abolish us from the earth.”


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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“All generalizations are inaccurate, including this one.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“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

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Pessimism never won any battle.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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“One must not let oneself be overwhelmed by sadness.”


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