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WISDOM FROM IKE

The other day, we were looking to verify a quotation we recalled came from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  In our search, we came across some extremely apt remarks of his.  Great stuff – some of the gems are reproduced below.

IKE

 

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

Americans, indeed all free men, remember that in the final choice, a soldier’s pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner’s chains.

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

 

 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…

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days, governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

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.

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

May we, in our dealings with all the peoples of the earth, ever speak the truth and serve justice. There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.

 

When you appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do — lose.

When you are in any contest you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it.

Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.

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

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.

 

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 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 cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

 


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