Who's Been Counting My Fish?*
courtesy of Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
The Quotable Quotes of Dwight D. Eisenhower
Yes, of course they would be used. In any combat where these things can be
used on strictly military targets and for strictly military purposes, I see
no reason why they shouldn't be used just exactly as you would use a bullet
or anything else.
On whether small atomic weapons would be used if war broke
out in the Far East. Press conference March 16, 1954.
We are in the era of the thermonuclear bomb
that can obliterate cities and can be delivered across continents. With such
weapons, war has become, not just tragic, but preposterous.
Republican National Convention, August 23, 1956.
I do not believe that any political campaign justifies the declaration of
a moratorium on ordinary common sense.
Denouncing Democratic presidential candidate Adlai
Stevenson's promise to end the military draft and begin a moratorium on
nuclear weapons testing. Campaign speech, 1956.
Don't worry Jim, if that question comes up, I'll just confuse them.
To Press Secretary Jim Hagerty who pleaded with Eisenhower
not to answer any press conference questions about the delicate Formosan
Strait crisis, March 23, 1955. (Eisenhower was, indeed, asked if using atomic
weapons on China was an option. He delivered a long, confusing reply which
was effectively indecipherable.)
Each of them thinks of himself as intensely patriotic; but it does not take
the average member long to conclude that his first duty to his country is to
get himself reelected. This subconcious conviction leads to a capacity for
rationalization that is almost unbelievable.
Referring to congressmen in a letter to friend, Everett
"Swede" Hazlett, July 22, 1957.
CROSS OF IRON
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...
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.
From the Chance for Peace address delivered before the
American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953. (Regarded as one of
the finest speeches of Eisenhower's presidency.)
The first order of business is the elimination of the annual deficit.
State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 1953. (Eisenhower
balanced the budget three out of the eight years he was in office.)
CHARLES DE GAULLE
only hope is to produce a new and inspirational leader - and I do not mean
one that is 6 ft. 5 and who considers himself to be, by some miraculous
biological and transmigrative process, the offspring of Clemenceau and Jeanne
On how Charles De Gaulle is not the answer to the French
problem in Vietnam. In a letter to NATO commander, Gen. Al Gruenther, April
Finally, you have broader considerations that might follow what you would
call the "falling domino" principle. You have a row of dominoes set
up, you knock over the first one, and what will happen to the last one is the
certainty that it will go over very quickly. So you could have a beginning of
a disintegration that would have the most profound influences.
Introducing the domino theory, that if Vietnam fell to
communism, the rest of Southeast Asia would soon follow. Press conference,
April 7, 1954.
I can't imagine any set of circumstances that would ever induce me to send
Federal troops into a Federal Court and into any area to enforce the orders
of a Federal Court, because I believe that the common sense of America will
never require it.
Press conference, July 17. 1957, two months before sending
U. S. troops to Little Rock to enforce the desegregation of Central High.
Who's been counting my fish?
An angry inquiry referring to a Denver newspaper headline
accusing Eisenhower of keeping more trout than the legal limit during a
vacation in Colorado. 1952
SENATOR JOSEPH McCARTHY
I really believe that nothing will be so effective in combating his
particular kind of troublemaking as to ignore him. This he cannot stand.
Referring to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Diary entry, April 1,
THE MIDDLE WAY
There is in our affairs at home, a middle way between untrammeled freedom
of the individual and the demands for the welfare of the whole nation. This
way must avoid government by bureaucracy as carefully as it avoids neglect of
State of the Union Address, Feb. 2, 1953
MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial
Farewell Address, Jan. 17, 1961
FIELD MARSHAL BERNARD MONTGOMERY
Listen Monty, I live here. I have nothing to say about the matter.
Responding to Montgomery's comment, "Lee and Meade
should have been sacked," during a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield.
If you give me a week, I might think of one.
Response to reporter's question of whether the president
could give an example of a major idea of Vice President Nixon's that was
adopted by the administration. Press conference, August 24, 1960, during
Nixon's presidential campaign.
Dick, I could kick myself everytime some
jackass brings up that god damn "give me a week" business.
Phone conversation with Nixon, 1966 (From Nixon Memoirs)
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.
To Prime Minister Macmillan on radio - TV broadcast in
London, August 31, 1959
I would like to resign.
To his secretary after the administration's denial that
the Soviets had shot down a U-2 spy plane was proven a lie by Khrushchev's
announcement that the U-2's pilot, Francis Gary Powers, had been captured
alive. Secretary Ann Whitman diary entry, May 9, 1960.
The next time you see one of those squirrels go near my putting green,
take a gun and shoot it!
To his valet, Sgt. Moaney, in frustration over the White
House squirrels who buried acorns in his new putting green. (from Upstairs
at the White House by J. B. West, Chief Usher of the White House.)
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