Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953


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.

Farewell Address, Jan. 17, 1961


To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.

State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 1953


We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.

Second Inaugural Address, Jan. 21, 1957


Military power serves the cause of security by making prohibitive the cost of any aggressive attack. It serves the cause of peace by holding up a shield behind which the patient constructive work of peace can go on.

State of the Union Address, Jan. 9, 1958


Always try to associate yourself with and learn as much as you can from those who know more than you do, who do better than you, who see more clearly than you.

At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends


Teachers need our active support and encouragement. They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land. They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens.

Address at the Centennial Celebration Banquet of the National Education Association, 4/4/57


Faith is the mightiest force that man has at his command. It impels human beings to greatness in thought and word and deed.

Address at the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Evanston, Illinois, 8/19/54