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You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
by Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Related topics: Motivational Leadership

Motivation is the art of getting people to do
what you want them to do because they want to do it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

 

War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Pessimism never won any battle.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible,
no matter whether it is on a section gang,
a football field, in an army, or in an office.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The world moves, and ideas that were
once good are not always good.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned.
When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

How far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child.
Things never get back to the way they were.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Though force can protect in emergency,
only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation
can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

I think that people want peace so much
that one of these days government had better
get out of their way and let them have it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When people speak to you about a preventive war,
you tell them to go fight it.
After my experience, I have come to hate war.
War settles nothing.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is nothing wrong with America
that faith, love of freedom, intelligence,
and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There is no person in this room whose basic rights
are not involved in any successful defiance
to the carrying out of court orders.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The clearest way to show what the rule of law
means to us in everyday life
is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you want total security, go to prison.
There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on.
The only thing lacking... is freedom.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Any man who wants to be president
is either an egomaniac or crazy.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

This desk of mine is one at which a man may die,
but from which he cannot resign.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Humility must always be the portion of any man
who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers
and the sacrifices of his friends.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

No one should ever sit in this office over 70 years old,
and that I know.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts
by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There are a number of things wrong with Washington.
One of them is that everyone is too far from home.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I have found out in later years that we were very poor,
but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We will bankrupt ourselves in
the vain search for absolute security.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the final choice, a soldier's pack
is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

It is far more important to be able to hit the target
than it is to haggle over who makes a weapon or who pulls a trigger.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Neither a wise man 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

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

Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and,
in its true sense, a noble one.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people
than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour
looking at my face on their television screens.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I deplore the need or the use of troops anywhere
to get American citizens to obey
the orders of constituted courts.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world
must first come to pass in the heart of America.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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 quoting Mark Twain

There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

When you put on a uniform,
there are certain inhibitions that you accept.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

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

The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency.
The country is entitled to both.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower {political}

There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

This world of ours... must avoid becoming
a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem in defense is
how far you can go without destroying from within
what you are trying to defend from without.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Well, when you come down to it,
I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Unlike presidential administrations,
problems rarely have terminal dates.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some people wanted champagne and caviar
when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower


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