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Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes


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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.
[Community]
 

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

Throughout America's adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people.
 

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

Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides.
 

Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
 

War settles nothing.
 

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

We are so proud of our guarantees of freedom in thought and speech and worship, that, unconsciously, we are guilty of one of the greatest errors that ignorance can make - we assume our standard of values is shared by all other humans in the world.
 

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
 

We have heard much of the phrase, "peace and friendship."  This phrase, in expressing the aspiration of America, is not complete.  We should say instead, "peace and friendship, in freedom."  This I think, is America's real message to the rest of the world.
 

We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.
[Peace]
 

We must be ready to dare all for our country. For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose. We must be willing, individually and as a Nation, to accept whatever sacrifices may be required of us. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
 

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

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

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.
 

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

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

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
[America]
 


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