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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1671
AUTHOR: Dwight David Eisenhower (1890–1969)
QUOTATION: If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an American wants to preserve his dignity and his equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to any dictatorial government.
ATTRIBUTION: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, president of Columbia University, speech to luncheon clubs, Galveston, Texas, December 8, 1949.—The New York Times, December 9, 1949, p. 23.
SUBJECTS: Security