Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

I doubt whether any of these people [pacifists], with their academic or dogmatic hatred of war, detest it as much as I do. They probably have not seen bodies rotting on the ground and smelled the stench of decaying human flesh.
. . . What separates me from the pacifists is that I hate the Nazis more than I hate war.

18th June, 1943. Letter to Arthur Eisenhower.

Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.

2nd June, 1944. Order of the Day.

In war there is no substitute for victory.

2nd August, 1944. Letter to Mamie Eisenhower.

I shall go to Korea.

24th October, 1953. Campaign speech in Detroit, Michigan.

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 labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

16th April, 1953. Speech in Washington.

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.

14th June, 1953. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

You have broader considerations that might follow what you might call the ‘falling domino’ principle. You have a row of dominoes set up. You knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is that it will go over very quickly. So you have the beginning of a disintegration that would have the most profound influences.

7th April, 1954. Speech at a Press Conference.

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.

31st August, 1959. Broadcast discussion.

If you give me a week, I might think of one.

25 August, 1960. On being asked to name a major idea that Nixon had contributed during his Vice-Presidency.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence— economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.

17th January, 1961. Farewell address.

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.

17th January, 1961. Farewell Address.

I am convinced that the French could not win the war because the internal political situation in Vietnam, weak and confused, badly weakened their military position. I have never talked or corresponded with a person knowledgeable in Indochinese affairs who did not agree that had elections been held as of the time of the fighting, possibly 80 per cent of the population would have voted for the Communist Ho Chi Minh as their leader rather than Chief of State Bao Dai.

The White House Years, Volume 1, Chapter 14. 1963.

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

Quoted in Richard Nixon’s Six Crises

Oh yes, I studied dramatics under him for 12 years.

On Douglas MacArthur. Quoted in Quentin Reynold’s By Quentin Reynolds.

Yes, two, and they are both sitting on the Supreme Court.

On his mistakes as President. From Henry J. Abraham’s Justices and Presidents.