Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.
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.
The world must know what happened, and never forget.
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
This is a long tough road we have to travel. The men that can do things are going to be sought out just as surely as the sun rises in the morning. Fake reputations, habits of glib and clever speech, and glittering surface performance are going to be discovered.
It will begin with its President taking a simple, firm resolution. The resolution will be: To forego the diversions of politics and to concentrate on the job of ending the Korean war-until that job is honorably done. That job requires a personal trip to Korea. I shall make that trip. Only in that way could I learn how best to serve the American people in the cause of peace. I shall go to Korea.
In opposing Communism, we are defeating ourselves if we use methods that do not conform to the American sense of justice.
We have won an armistice on a single battlefield, not peace in our world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest.
I will not get into a pissing contest with that skunk [Joseph McCarthy].
We cannot risk living all our lives under emergency measures.
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.
Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.
No man is worth your tears, but once you find one that is, he won’t make you cry.
I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
There is no victory at bargain basement prices.
Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.
The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.
No easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, someone else has solved them.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.