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When you are in any contest,
by 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

Related topics: Motivational Government Political War Business Success

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

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

 

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

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
- 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

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

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

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

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

I think that people want peace so much
that one of these days government had better
get out of their way and let them have it.
- 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

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

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

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

There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Only Americans can hurt America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In preparing for battle I have always found that
plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have found out in later years that we were very poor,
but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Though force can protect in emergency,
only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation
can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
- 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

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

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

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

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

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
- 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 quoting Mark Twain

Well, when you come down to it,
I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

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

No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old,
and that I know.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil
and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
- 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 have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -
and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Our pleasures were simple - they included survival.
- 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

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