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Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
by 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

Related topics: Wisdom Government Political

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our real problem, then, is not our strength today;
it is rather the vital necessity of action today
to ensure our strength tomorrow.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- 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.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

I'm saving that rocker for the day
when I feel as old as I really am.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- 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

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

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world
must first come to pass in the heart of America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges
above its principles
soon loses both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere
to get American citizens to obey
the orders of constituted courts.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are a number of things wrong with Washington.
One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The history of free men is never really written by chance
but by choice; their choice!
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no person in this room whose basic rights
are not involved in any successful defiance
to the carrying out of court orders.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency.
The country is entitled to both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower {political}

This desk of mine is one at which a man may die,
but from which he cannot resign.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Unlike presidential administrations,
problems rarely have terminal dates.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the final choice, a soldier's pack
is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -
Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in
the same breath as the presidency.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking,
but knees are nearly always not.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence,
is a continuing imperative.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny
is in trouble and reminders that its structure
is as brittle as its surface is hard.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some years ago I became president of Columbia University
and learned within 24 hours to be ready
to speak at the drop of a hat,
and I learned something more, the trustees were expected
to be ready to speak at the passing of the hat.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some people wanted champagne and caviar
when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing wrong with America
that faith, love of freedom, intelligence,
and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

The people of the world genuinely want peace.
Some day the leaders of the world are going to
have to give in and give it to them.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our pleasures were simple - they included survival.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -
and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You have a row of dominoes set up;
you knock over the first one,
and what will happen to the last one
is that it will go over very quickly.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you put on a uniform,
there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength,
and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Together we must learn how to compose differences,
not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to
think the long sad years of youth were worth living
for the sake of middle age.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and,
in its true sense, a noble one.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem -
and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

History does not long entrust the care of freedom
to the weak or the timid.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts
by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is far more important to be able to hit the target
than it is to haggle over who makes a weapon or who pulls a trigger.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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