50+ Best Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes: Exclusive Selection

General of the Army Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was was the 34th president of the United States (1953–61). Eisenhower had been supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during World War II. Profoundly inspirational Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important. The world is more like it is now then it ever has before.

Pessimism never won any battle.

Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you’re going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book…

Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.

Never send a battalion to take a hill if a regiment is available.

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

Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes

Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion?

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

Statesmanship is developed in the hard knocks of general experience, private and public. We must achieve both security and solvency. In fact, the foundation of military strength is economic strength.

A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.

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

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

Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.

Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.

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

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.

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.

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.

I made two mistakes and both of them are sitting on the Supreme Court.

You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.

Only Americans can hurt America.

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.

Always try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.

Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.

The world could be fixed of its problems if every child understood the necessity of their existence.

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.

Inspirational Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won’t make you cry.

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

The problem is not merely man against man or nation against nation. It is man against war.

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

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

How far have we come in man’s long pilgrimage from darkness toward light? Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?

Worry is a word that I don’t allow myself to use.

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

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

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

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

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

War is mankind’s most tragic and stupid folly; to seek or advise its deliberate provocation is a black crime against all men.

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

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

The history of free men is never written by chance but by choice – their choice.

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.

An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.

Those who take the extreme positions in American political and economic life are always wrong. The time has passed for dilly-dallying. We must demand satisfactory performance.

Never question another man’s motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.