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Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890-1969
American Army General & Statesman, Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe during WWII and later 34th President of the United States
 Great Truths       

No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves. 

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

Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith.

Today I think that prayer is just simply a necessity.

Without God, there could be no American form of Government.

Faith is the mightiest force that man has at his command.

Only Americans can hurt America.

The proudest human that walks the earth is a free American citizen.

Document everything. Some day some sonofabitch is going to say this never happened.

From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.

Plans are worthless; but planning is everything.

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

Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

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

Youth - our greatest resource - is being seriously neglected.

The education of our children is of national concern, and if they are not educated properly, it is a national calamity.

The true purpose of education is to prepare young men and women for effective citizenship in a free form of government.

It is unwise to make education too cheap.

For Americans, only threat to our way of life justifies resort to conflict.

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.

More than ever before, in our country, this is the age of the individual. Endowed with the accumulated knowledge of centuries, armed with all the instruments of modern science, he is still assured personal freedom and wide avenues of expression so that he may win for himself, his family and his country greater material comfort, ease and happiness: greater spiritual satisfaction and contentment. 

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 the 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. 

I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater centralization of authority and greater dependence upon the federal treasury, are really more dangerous to our form of government than any external threat that can possibly be arrayed against us. 

Peace and Justice are two sides of the same coin.

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

May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

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

Our real problem is the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.

What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on Sundays - but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship. 

Every gathering of Americans whether a few on the porch of a crossroads store or massed thousands in a great stadium is the possessor of a potentially immeasurable influence on the future. 

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

Some politician years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.

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

Through unity of action we can be a verbal colossus in support of peace.