Dwight David Eisenhower

American working men are principals in the threemember team of capital, management, labor. Never have they regarded themselves as a servile class that could attain freedom only through destruction of the industrial economy.


Church by all means on Sunday. 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?


Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book.


Ein Intellektueller ist ein Mann, der mehr Wörter benutzt als nötig, um zu sagen, was er weiß.


Eine Armee ist bestimmt dann ganz demokratisch, wenn ein Oberleutnant damit rechnen muß, daß sein Rekrut von heute sein Bürovorsteher von morgen ist.


Es hat nur einen Vorteil, Präsident zu sein – niemand kann dir befehlen, wann du dich hinsetzen mußt.


Es reicht nicht aus, zu wissen, wie die Freiheit gewonnen wurde. Genauso wichtig ist, wachsam gegenüber den Bedrohungen dieser Freiheit zu sein.


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.


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.


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


From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.


Geist und Einstellung des Menschen sind wichtiger als bloße physische Stärke und die geistige Kraft einer Nation entscheidender als ihr Reichtum.


I despise all adjectives that try to descirbe people as liberal or conservative, rightist or leftist, as long as they stay in the useful part of the road.


I don't think the United States needs superpatriots. We need patriotism, honestly practiced by all of us, and we don't need these people that are more patriotic than you or anyone else.


I firmly believe that the army of persons who urge greater and greater centralization of authority and greater 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.


I get weary of the European habit of taking our money, resenting any slight hint as to what they should do, and then assuming, in addition, full right to criticize us as bitterly as they may desire.


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.


Ich bin überzeugt, daß es auf die Dauer keine Möglichkeit gibt, Sicherheit und Frieden Westeuropas zu erhalten, wenn die europäische Einigung nicht erreicht wird.


Ideologen sind Leute, die glauben, daß die Menschheit besser sei als der Mensch.


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.


It is not a struggle merely of economic theories, or forms of government or of military power. At issue is the true nature of man. Either man is the creature whom the psalmist described as a little lower than the angels . . . or man is a soulless, animated machine to be enslaved, used and consumed by the state for its own glorification. It is, therefore, a struggle which goes to the roots of the human spirit, and its shadow falls across the long sweep of man's destiny.


Jeder Tag hat zwei Henkel. Wir können ihn entweder an dem der Zaghaftigkeit anpacken oder an dem der Zuversicht.


Kein weiser oder tapferer Mann legt sich auf die Schienen der Geschichte und wartet, daß der Zug der Zukunft ihn überfährt.


Knowledge – full, unfettered knowledge of its own heritage, of freedoms's enemies, of the whole world of men and ideas – this knowledge is a free people's surest strength.


Men of widely divergent views in our own country live in peace together because they share certain common aspirations which are more important than their differences . . . The common responsibility of all Americans is to become effective, helpful participants in a way of life that blends and harmonizes the fiercely competitive demands of the individual and society.


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