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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. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
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If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.
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For every obstacle there is a solution. Persistence is the key. The greatest mistake is giving up! - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
For every obstacle there is a solution. Persistence is the key. The greatest mistake is giving up!
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Some day there is going to be a man sitting in my present chair who has not been raised in the military services and who will have little understanding of where slashes in their estimates can be made with little or no damage. If that should happen while we still have the state of tension that now exists in the world, I shudder to think of what could happen in this country
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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. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
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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.
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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. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
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The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
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Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
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And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are.
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The supreme quality of leadership is integrity. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
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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.
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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
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You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
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If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
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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.
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To be true to one's own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
To be true to one's own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.
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Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Change based on principle is progress. Constant change without principle becomes chaos.
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But we know that freedom cannot be served by the devices of the tyrant. As it is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedoms defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
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In vast stretches of the earth, men awoke today in hunger. They will spend the day in unceasing toil. And as the sun goes down they will still know hunger. They will see suffering in the eyes of their children. Many despair that their labor will ever decently shelter their families or protect them against disease. So long as this is so, peace and freedom will be in danger throughout our world. For wherever free men lose hope of progress, liberty will be weakened and the seeds of conflict will be sown.
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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.
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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.
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There is a kind of dictatorship that can come about through a creeping paralysis of thought, readiness to accept paternalistic measures by government, and along with those measures comes a surrender of our own responsibilities and therefore a surrender of our own thought over our own lives and our own right to exercise the vote. The free system gives the right to every citizen to do something for himself. Because he has the right, the opportunity is always there.
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Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.
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History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
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Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be.
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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.
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If our founding fathers were alive today, they'd roll over in their graves. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
If our founding fathers were alive today, they'd roll over in their graves.
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Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.
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A preventive war, to my mind, is an impossibility today. How could you have one if one of its features would be several cities lying in ruins, several cities where many, many thousands of people would be dead and injured and mangled, the transportation systems destroyed, sanitation implements and systems all gone? That isn't preventive war; that is war.
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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.
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The qualities of a great man are vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.
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People talk about the middle of the road as though it were unacceptable. Actually, all human problems, excepting morals, come into the gray areas. Things are not all black and white. There have to be compromises. The middle of the road is all of the usable surface. The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
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make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone's been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practice - somewhat contrived, I admit - to write the man's name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and say to myself: "That finishes the incident, and so far as I'm concerned, that fellow." The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
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Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those - regardless of their political party - who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice.
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The speed, accuracy and devastating power of American Artillery won confidence and admiration from the troops it supported and inspired fear and respect in their enemy.
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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
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No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won't make you cry. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won't make you cry.
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Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.
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Beware the military-industrial complex. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Beware the military-industrial complex.
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Civilization owes to the Islamic world some of its most important tools and achievements...the Muslim genius has added much to the culture of all peoples.
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We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
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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.
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The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other book is there such a collection of inspired wisdom, reality, and hope.
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Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like.
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Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
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Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.
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I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
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We have the disgrace of racial discrimination, or we have prejudice against people because of their religion. We have not had the courage to uproot these things, although we know they are wrong.
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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.
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The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow. - Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes
The opportunist thinks of me and today. The statesman thinks of us and tomorrow.
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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?
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A good teacher is one who can understand those who are not very good at explaining, and explain to those who are not very good at understanding.
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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.
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This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.