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Quotes of the Day for 14 October 2003 – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight David Eisenhower was born at Denison, Texas on this day in 1890. After growing up in Abilene, Kansas, he was turned down by the Naval Academy but accepted at West Point. His first posting was to San Antonio where he met and married Mamie. He served in staff and training positions until the start of World War II, when he was posted to London. He took command of the invasion of North Africa in 1942, the outset of the Italian campaign, and then commanded all Allied forces for the Normandy invasion. After the war he was president of Columbia University, Supreme Commander of NATO, and was elected as the 34th president of the US in 1952 and reelected in 1956.

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The quotes:

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
     - first inaugural address, 20 January 1953

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.

From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

How has retirement affected my golf game? A lot more people beat me now.
     - All from Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 - 1969

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