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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 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.

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

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

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

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

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

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 misplaced power exists and will persist.

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

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.

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.

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

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

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. ---->>>

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

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

Pessimism never won any battle. ---->>>

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare. ---->>>

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. ---->>>

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

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

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

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage. ---->>>

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

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

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

There is no victory at bargain basement prices. ---->>>

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.

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. ---->>>

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. ---->>>

The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament. ---->>>

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

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

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. ---->>>

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

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

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

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past. ---->>>

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

Our forces saved the remnants of the Jewish people of Europe for a new life and a new hope in the reborn land of Israel. Along with all men of good will, I salute the young state and wish it well. ---->>>

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Only Americans can hurt America. ---->>>

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

In most communities it is illegal to cry 'fire' in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? ---->>>

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

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

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. ---->>>

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

In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains. ---->>>

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

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

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

War settles nothing. ---->>>

The sergeant is the Army. ---->>>

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

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

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.

Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.

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. ---->>>

The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good. ---->>>

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

Our pleasures were simple - they included survival. ---->>>

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

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

Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates. ---->>>

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.

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.

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.

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

I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both. ---->>>

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

Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.

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

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: October 14, 1890
Birthplace:
Die: 03-28, 1969
Occupation: President
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Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower ( EYE-zən-HOW-ər; October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe (wikipedia)