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Eisenhower Quotes

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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

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

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

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life.

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.

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

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.

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

Farming is a profession of hope.

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.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.

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.

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

The older I get, the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.

There is no victory at bargain basement prices.

When leadership is devoid of character, trust crumbles. Without trust, leadership fails.

The creed of our democracy is that liberty is acquired and kept by men and women who are strong and self-reliant, and possessed of such wisdom as God gives mankind — men and women who are just, and understanding, and generous to others — men and women who are capable of disciplining themselves.

Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.

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

Force always attracts men of low morality, and I believe it to be an invariable rule that tyrants of genius are succeeded by scoundrels.

Every step we take toward making the State our Caretaker of our lives — by that much we move toward making the State our Master.

Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.

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

Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.

Always take your job seriously, never yourself.

The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.

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.

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.

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… Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

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.

People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.

Bureaucracy has committed the infamous crime of creating a host of rules that accomplish nothing.

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

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

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

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

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

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.

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.

Pessimism never won any battle.

There is no tragedy in missing a putt. There is a tragedy in not being able to laugh at it.

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.

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.

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


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