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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Every gun that is fired, 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. The 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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Only Americans can hurt America. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were--to the very last minute--a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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 citzenry 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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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The worst to be feared and the best to be expected can be simply stated. The worst is atomic war. The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the Soviet system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth. 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. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. 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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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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. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal? Dwight D. Eisenhower

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I say when you get into a war, you should win as quick as you can, because your losses become a function of the duration of the war. I believe when you get in a war, get everything you need and win it. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Things have never been more like the way they are today in history. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? Dwight D. Eisenhower