U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes From and About Ike

About the U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, quotes, quotations, and sayings from and about Ike.

34th President



"I do not see how these conditions, having occurred or having been created, how you could stay out of the thing, I don't know."--Campaign statement on the Korean War, 1952

"Always take the job, but never yourself, seriously."

"Look, son, I cannot conceive of any circumstance that could drag out of me permission to consider me for any political post from dog-catcher to Grand High Supreme King of the Universe."--To a reporter, 1948

"I don't know why people are always nagging me to run for President. I think I've gotten too old."--1950

"Under no circumstances will I ask for relief from this assignment in order to seek nomination for political office."--January, 1952

"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

"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.... The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.... We pay for a single fighter plane with half a million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people."--April, 1953

"I don't think the people want to be listening to a Roosevelt, sounding as if he were one of the apostles, or the partisan yipping of a Truman."--1954

"I can think of nothing more boring, for the American public, than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens."

"For the past 20 years there has been a creeping socialism spreading in the United States."--1952

"Frankly, I don't care too much about the Congressional elections."--1958

"You know, once in a while I get to the point, with everybody staring at me, where I want to go back indoors and pull down the curtains."


"Remember, folks, Eisenhower is a great man. A vote for Eisenhower is a vote for what's good in America."--Richard Nixon, 1952

"I doubt very much if a man whose main literary interests were in works by Mr. Zane Grey, admirable as they may be, is particularly well equipped to be chief executive of this country--particularly where Indian affairs are concerned."--Dean Acheson

"Without Eisenhower as head of the Republican party, the venom that disgraced Democratic politics in the closing years of Truman's presidency would have been rife in the nation. He purged national life of rancor. And by presenting himself continuously as standing at the moderate and reasonable center of American life, he was able to tune in on the deepest instincts of the people, who, at this stage in their history, desire pause, comfort and repose."--Walter Johnson, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

"The trouble with Eisenhower is he's just a coward. He hasn't got any backbone at all. Ike didn't know anything, and all the time he was in office he didn't learn a thing."--Harry S Truman, 1961

"It is no exaggeration to say that his nomination reflects the dominant mood of the country."--Washington Post, July, 1952

"The incredible dullness wreaked upon the American landscape in Eisenhower's eight years has been the triumph of the corporation. A tasteless, sexless, odorless sanctity in architecture, manners, modes, styles has been the result. Eisenhower embodied half the needs of the nation, the needs of the timid, the petrified, the sanctimonious and the sluggish."--Norman Mailer, The Presidential Papers

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