Dwight D. Eisenhower
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
Well, when you come down to it, I don’t see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give, it to them.
How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without?
Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
Some years ago I became president of Columbia University and learned within 24 hours to be ready to speak at the drop of a hat, and I learned something more, the trustees were expected to be ready to speak at the passing of the hat.
I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
The United States strongly seeks a lasting agreement for the discontinuance of nuclear weapons tests. We believe that this would be an important step toward reduction of international tensions and would open the way to further agreement on substantial measures of disarmament.
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.
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.
If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.
This desk of mine is one at which a man may die, but from which he cannot resign.
I shall make that trip. I shall go to Korea.
The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past.