Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1890-1969)

34th US President

birthdate: October 14
birthplace:
Denison, Texas

QUOTES

CIVIL RIGHTS
They [the founders] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since been the heart of the American faith.

COMMUNITY
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.

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

FREEDOM
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.

GLOBALIZATION
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of displaced power exists and will persist."

HUNGER
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.

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

LABOR
Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.

LAW
"The world no longer has a choice between force and law; if civilization is to survive, it must choose the rule of law."

The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.

"... we have been warned by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself ... There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak."

There can be no peace without law.

LEADERSHIP
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.

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

"America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment."

NO NUKES
[Not achieving a nuclear test ban] would have to be classed as the greatest disappointment of any administration of any decade, of any time and of any party.

NO MORE WAR
"Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose."

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

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.

PEACE
"in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love." -- 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."

 

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