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

I was against it on two counts. First, the Japanese were ready to surrender, and it wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing. Second, I hated to see our country be the first to use such a weapon.
 

I would rather have a lucky general than a smart general. ... They win battles, and they make me lucky.
[Luck]
 

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.
 

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

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
 

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 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.
 

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.
[Security]
 

In his case, there seems to be no final answer to the question, "How stupid can you get?"
 

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?
[Communities]
 

In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.
[Planning]
 

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. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.
[Against]
 

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

In war there is no substitute for victory.
 

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.
[Able]
 

It is my personal conviction that almost any one of the newborn states of the world would far rather embrace Communism or any other form of dictatorship than acknowledge the political domination of another government, even though that brought to each citizen a far higher standard of living.
 

Kinship among nations is not determined in such measurements as proximity of size and age. Rather we should turn to those inner things - call them what you will - I mean those intangibles that are the real treasures free men possess. To preserve his freedom of worship, his equality before law, his liberty to speak and act as he sees fit, subject only to provisions that he trespass not upon similar rights of others - a Londoner will fight. So will a citizen of Abilene. When we consider these things, then the valley of the Thames draws closer to the farms of Kansas and the plains of Texas.
 

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

Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice.
 


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