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512 Inspiring Quotes by John F. Kennedy

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Wikipedia Summary for John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to becoming president.

Kennedy was born into a wealthy, political family in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940, before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his service. After a brief stint in journalism, Kennedy represented a working-class Boston district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate and served as the junior senator for Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960. While in the Senate, Kennedy published his book, Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize. In the 1960 presidential election, he narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, who was the incumbent vice president. Kennedy's humor, charm, and youth in addition to his father's money and contacts were great assets in the campaign. Kennedy's campaign gained momentum after the first televised presidential debates in American history. Kennedy was the first Catholic elected president.

Kennedy's administration included high tensions with communist states in the Cold War. As a result, he increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam. The Strategic Hamlet Program began in Vietnam during his presidency. In April 1961, he authorized an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Kennedy authorized the Cuban Project in November 1961. He rejected Operation Northwoods (plans for false flag attacks to gain approval for a war against Cuba) in March 1962. However, his administration continued to plan for an invasion of Cuba in the summer of 1962. The following October, U.S. spy planes discovered Soviet missile bases had been deployed in Cuba; the resulting period of tensions, termed the Cuban Missile Crisis, nearly resulted in the breakout of a global thermonuclear conflict. He also signed the first nuclear weapons treaty in October 1963. Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress with Latin America, and the continuation of the Apollo space program with the goal of landing a man on the Moon. He also supported the civil rights movement, but was only somewhat successful in passing his New Frontier domestic policies.

On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency upon Kennedy's death. Marxist and former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. The FBI and the Warren Commission both concluded Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, but various groups contested the Warren Report and believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. After Kennedy's death, Congress enacted many of his proposals, including the Civil Rights Act and the Revenue Act of 1964. Despite his truncated presidency, Kennedy ranks highly in polls of U.S. presidents with historians and the general public. His personal life has also been the focus of considerable sustained interest following public revelations in the 1970s of his chronic health ailments and extramarital affairs. Kennedy was the most recent U.S. president to have been assassinated as well as the most recent U.S. president to die in office.

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The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day.

--John F. Kennedy

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Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.

--John F. Kennedy

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If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

--John F. Kennedy

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I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war? But we have no more urgent task.

--John F. Kennedy



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We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

--John F. Kennedy

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I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy: "Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."

--John F. Kennedy


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Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement.

--John F. Kennedy

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Lofty words cannot construct an alliance or maintain it; only concrete deeds can do that.

--John F. Kennedy

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It was like dealing with Dad-- all give and no take.

--John F. Kennedy

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World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.

--John F. Kennedy

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American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive, always growing, always unfinished.

--John F. Kennedy

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Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.

--John F. Kennedy



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O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.

--John F. Kennedy


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Jika politik itu kotor, puisi akan membersihkannya. Jika politik bengkok, sastra akan meluruskannya.

--John F. Kennedy


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Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.

--John F. Kennedy

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We support the security of both Israel and her neighbors.

--John F. Kennedy

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Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable .. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.

--John F. Kennedy

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And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

--John F. Kennedy


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The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger -- but recognize the opportunity.

--John F. Kennedy



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I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.

--John F. Kennedy


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I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

--John F. Kennedy

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The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use; of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.

--John F. Kennedy

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Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

--John F. Kennedy

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In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone-and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life-he Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.

--John F. Kennedy

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We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.

--John F. Kennedy



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We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.

--John F. Kennedy

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All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.

--John F. Kennedy




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It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights -- even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down.

--John F. Kennedy

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Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of the people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.

--John F. Kennedy


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If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion.

--John F. Kennedy

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The function and responsibility of the President is to set before the American people the unfinished business, the things we must do if we are going to succeed as a nation.

--John F. Kennedy

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I believe in an America ... where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches, or any other ecclesiastical source.

--John F. Kennedy


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Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

--John F. Kennedy

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The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

--John F. Kennedy

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If I don't have a woman every three days or so I get a terrible headache.

--John F. Kennedy

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I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.

--John F. Kennedy


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The only significance of analyzing the past is that it does give us some key to the future.

--John F. Kennedy

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Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.

--John F. Kennedy

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Political sovereignty is but a mockery without the means of meeting poverty and illiteracy and disease. Self-determination is but a slogan if the future holds no hope.

--John F. Kennedy

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When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

--John F. Kennedy

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Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

--John F. Kennedy

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There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

--John F. Kennedy

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The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

--John F. Kennedy


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It is when the politician loves neither the public good nor himself, or when his love for himself is limited and is satisfied by the trappings of office, that the public interest is badly served.

--John F. Kennedy


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So, let us not be blind to our differences- but let us also direct our attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

--John F. Kennedy

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The rising tide lifts all the boats.

--John F. Kennedy



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In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

--John F. Kennedy


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All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents.

--John F. Kennedy

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The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmounious proportions to produce a creative intelligence.

--John F. Kennedy


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For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

--John F. Kennedy

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An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.

--John F. Kennedy

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

The great free nations of the world must take control of our monetary problems if these problems are not to take control of us.

--John F. Kennedy

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Any system of government will work when everything is going well. It's the system that functions in the pinches that survive.

--John F. Kennedy


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The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.

--John F. Kennedy

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The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.

--John F. Kennedy


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I know there is a God -- I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it -- if he has a place then I am ready -- we see the hand.

--John F. Kennedy


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To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public.

--John F. Kennedy


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My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.

--John F. Kennedy

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The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises, it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.

--John F. Kennedy

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Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass.

--John F. Kennedy

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The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.

--John F. Kennedy



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The 1930s, Kennedy said, 'taught us a clear lesson; aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.

--John F. Kennedy




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I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.

--John F. Kennedy

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The basis of self-government and freedom requires the development of character and self-restraint and perseverance and the long view. And these are qualities which require many years of training and education.

--John F. Kennedy

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The guiding principle of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be IN GOD WE TRUST.

--John F. Kennedy

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A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget.

--John F. Kennedy

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It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.

--John F. Kennedy

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The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery.

--John F. Kennedy

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Anyone who is honestly seeking a job and can't find it, deserves the attention of the United States government, and the people.

--John F. Kennedy

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Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.

--John F. Kennedy

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Abroad, the balance of power is shifting. There are new and more terrible weapons -- new and uncertain nations -- new pressures of population and deprivation.

--John F. Kennedy




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Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

--John F. Kennedy


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If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's.

--John F. Kennedy

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

--John F. Kennedy

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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.

--John F. Kennedy

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We stand today on the edge of a new frontier.

--John F. Kennedy

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Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.

--John F. Kennedy

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If there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.

--John F. Kennedy

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Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.

--John F. Kennedy



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Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.

--John F. Kennedy

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If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries.

--John F. Kennedy

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We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share.

--John F. Kennedy

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The stories of past courage... can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.

--John F. Kennedy

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Don't ask 'Why,' ask instead, 'Why not.'

--John F. Kennedy

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The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.

--John F. Kennedy

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There is, of course, a legitimate argument for some limitation upon immigration. We no longer need settlers for virgin lands, and our economy is expanding more slowly than in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

--John F. Kennedy


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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

--John F. Kennedy

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Happiness is the full use of one's talents along lines of excellence.

--John F. Kennedy

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America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.

--John F. Kennedy

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This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

--John F. Kennedy

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Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of the people.

--John F. Kennedy

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Since the time of the ancient Greeks, we have always felt that there was a close relationship between a strong, vital mind and physical fitness.

--John F. Kennedy

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All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung-the iron lung of politics, and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe the same fresh air our constituents breathe.

--John F. Kennedy



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Compromise does not mean cowardice.

--John F. Kennedy

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Struggle for freedom. Where people are denied the right of choice, recourse to such struggle is the only means of achieving their liberties.

--John F. Kennedy

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When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working.

--John F. Kennedy

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No man who enters upon the office to which I have succeeded can fail to recognize how every president of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God.

--John F. Kennedy

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Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish.

--John F. Kennedy

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First I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon.

--John F. Kennedy

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There are no 'white' or 'coloured' signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.

--John F. Kennedy



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It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

--John F. Kennedy

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Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

--John F. Kennedy

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I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

--John F. Kennedy

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It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States.

--John F. Kennedy






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A technological revolution on the farm has led to an output explosion -- but we have not yet learned to harness that explosion usefully, while protecting our farmers' right to full parity income.

--John F. Kennedy


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It is no contradiction -- the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today's economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.

--John F. Kennedy


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We celebrate the past to awaken the future.

--John F. Kennedy



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The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

--John F. Kennedy


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The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight.

--John F. Kennedy

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History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.

--John F. Kennedy

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The stories of past courage can define that ingredient- they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot provide courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.

--John F. Kennedy



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I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high -- to permit the customary passions of political debate.

--John F. Kennedy

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Nor problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

--John F. Kennedy

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Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

--John F. Kennedy

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We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.

--John F. Kennedy

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My call is not to those who believe they belong to the past. My call is to those who believe in the future.

--John F. Kennedy

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We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of a worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth -- but neither shall we shrink from that risk any time it must be faced.

--John F. Kennedy

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Will Rogers once said it is not the original investment in a Congressman that counts; it is the upkeep.

--John F. Kennedy

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If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

--John F. Kennedy

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Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes -- one for peace and one for science.

--John F. Kennedy



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Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

--John F. Kennedy

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Just because we cannot see clearly te end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey.

--John F. Kennedy


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When power narrows the areas of a man's concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.

--John F. Kennedy

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The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.

--John F. Kennedy

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There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!

--John F. Kennedy

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Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.

--John F. Kennedy

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Sailing has given me some of the most pleasant and exciting moments of my life. It also has taught me something of the courage, resourcefulness, and strength of men who sail the seas in ships.

--John F. Kennedy


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For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.

--John F. Kennedy

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The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln.

--John F. Kennedy


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Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.

--John F. Kennedy

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The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation.

--John F. Kennedy


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We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.

--John F. Kennedy

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I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish -- where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

--John F. Kennedy

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This knowledge, the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for all of the activities of the nation, is as old as Western civilization itself.

--John F. Kennedy



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The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.

--John F. Kennedy




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There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow.

--John F. Kennedy

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If you look throughout human history ... the central epiphany of every religious tradition always occurs in the wilderness.

--John F. Kennedy

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In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

--John F. Kennedy


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An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures.

--John F. Kennedy


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We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.

--John F. Kennedy

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The fact that we live in a world that moves crisis by crisis does not make a growing interest in outdoor activities frivolous, or ample provision for them unworthy of the nation's concern.

--John F. Kennedy

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There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.

--John F. Kennedy

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A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today -- and in fact we have forgotten.

--John F. Kennedy

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Truth is a tyrant-the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism.

--John F. Kennedy


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Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.

--John F. Kennedy

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There is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it
successful.

--John F. Kennedy

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I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. Whatever advantages it might have in Rome -- and I'm not convinced of these -- they would be more than offset by the divisive effect at home.

--John F. Kennedy

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A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.

--John F. Kennedy

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Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

--John F. Kennedy

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To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.

--John F. Kennedy

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We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

--John F. Kennedy

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We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We cannot be satisfied to drift, to rest on our oars, to glide over a sea whose depths are shaken by subterranean upheavals.

--John F. Kennedy

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It is time for a new generation of leadership.

--John F. Kennedy

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The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.

--John F. Kennedy

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Agriculture is one of our best dollar earners. The balance of trade in our favor in agriculture is a tremendous source of dollars-- and therefore gold--to this country at a very important time.

--John F. Kennedy

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Each success brings with it the potential of failure and each failure brings with it the potential of success.

--John F. Kennedy

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The basis of effective government is public confidence, and that confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter or appear to falter.

--John F. Kennedy

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No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.

--John F. Kennedy


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Our progress as a nation can be not swifter than our progress in education.

--John F. Kennedy

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We stand today on the edge of a new frontier -- the frontier of the 1960's -- a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils -- a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.

--John F. Kennedy

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Race has no place in American life or law.

--John F. Kennedy

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I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.

--John F. Kennedy


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Hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future.

--John F. Kennedy



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The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.

--John F. Kennedy



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For plague and pestilence, plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature and the hunger of children are the foes of every nation. The earth, the sea and the air are the concern of every nation.

--John F. Kennedy

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There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts.

--John F. Kennedy




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United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do-for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and
split asunder.

--John F. Kennedy


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A country is as strong, really, as its citizens. And I think that mental and physical health -- mental and physical vigor -- go hand in hand.

--John F. Kennedy

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We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

--John F. Kennedy

woman standing on beachfront

This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection, and I certainly will come back in the springtime.

--John F. Kennedy

person holding white and yellow flower painting

Things don't just happen. They are made to happen.

--John F. Kennedy

white printer paper on brown wooden table

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House -- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

--John F. Kennedy

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

--John F. Kennedy

houses and trees during nighttime

If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company.

--John F. Kennedy

rocks on sea side at daytime

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

--John F. Kennedy

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

The United States of America has no intention of finishing second in space. This effort is expensive-but it pays its way for freedom and for America.

--John F. Kennedy

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask; why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

--John F. Kennedy

blue and white light digital wallpaper

Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.

--John F. Kennedy


man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Lets talk to one another instead of about one another.

--John F. Kennedy

white and black boat on sea during daytime

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.

--John F. Kennedy


photo of pine trees

Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.

--John F. Kennedy

forest trees photograph

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

--John F. Kennedy

gray building

It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.

--John F. Kennedy



person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches.

--John F. Kennedy

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Children are the world's most valuable resource
and its best hope for the future.

--John F. Kennedy

milky way above body of water

A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war.

--John F. Kennedy


high-angle photography of beach side

Easy money, sudden fortunes, increasingly powerful political machines and blatant corruption transformed much of the nation; and the Senate, as befits a democratic legislative body, accurately represented the nation.

--John F. Kennedy



long exposure photography of lights

I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end... where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice.

--John F. Kennedy

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.

--John F. Kennedy

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

--John F. Kennedy

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

--John F. Kennedy

white brick wall

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

--John F. Kennedy






red moon wallpaper

Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great.

--John F. Kennedy

brown and gray brick wall

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.

--John F. Kennedy

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I was never accepted into certain parts of New England society because my grandfather was an Irish barkeep.

--John F. Kennedy


Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

--John F. Kennedy

shoreline during golden hour

We believe that when men reach beyond this planet, they should leave their national differences behind them.

--John F. Kennedy


sunset

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.

--John F. Kennedy

two women lying on hammock

Physical Fitness is the basis for all other forms of excellence.

--John F. Kennedy

foggy mountain summit

Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

--John F. Kennedy




green leafed plant

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

--John F. Kennedy

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

--John F. Kennedy


white and black boat on sea during daytime

To those whom much is given, much is expected.

--John F. Kennedy

purple flower field during daytime

The human mind is our fundamental resource.

--John F. Kennedy

white pendant lamp

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.

--John F. Kennedy

brown mountain

Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.

--John F. Kennedy


horse

Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

--John F. Kennedy

lone tree in grassland

It was involuntary. They sank my boat.

--John F. Kennedy

body of water under clear blue sky painting

If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.

--John F. Kennedy

toddlers standing outdoors

When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

--John F. Kennedy

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

I suppose if you could have only one thing, it would be that-energy. Without it, you haven't got a thing.

--John F. Kennedy

green trees

Be aware of danger-but recognize the opportunity.

--John F. Kennedy

blue sky with stars during night time

Automation does not need to be our enemy. I think machines can make life easier for men, if men do not let the machines dominate them.

--John F. Kennedy

person with blue paint on hand

Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.

--John F. Kennedy

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.

--John F. Kennedy

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Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.

--John F. Kennedy

Arizona landscape

We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.

--John F. Kennedy

wide lake over sunset view

Our task is not to fix blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.

--John F. Kennedy

starry night in Texas

I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable -- and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men -- brave men -- will make it so.

--John F. Kennedy


nebulas

The life of the arts is far from an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose-and is a test of the quality of a nations' civilization.

--John F. Kennedy


yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.

--John F. Kennedy

snow covered mountain under blue sky during daytime

In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon!

--John F. Kennedy


green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.

--John F. Kennedy


green leaf

You can milk a cow the wrong way once and still be a farmer, but vote the wrong way on a water tower and you can be in trouble.

--John F. Kennedy

low angle photography of gray concrete building

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

--John F. Kennedy

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Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.

--John F. Kennedy

river painting

For of those to whom much is given, much is required.

--John F. Kennedy




girl and boy figurines

We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.

--John F. Kennedy


white wooden dock on white sand

There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.... I'm the responsible officer of the Government.

--John F. Kennedy


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There are three things in life which are real: God, human folly and laughter. Since the first two are beyond our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.

--John F. Kennedy

red and black logo

Justice delayed is democracy denied.

--John F. Kennedy



blue sky with white clouds

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose -- and is a test to the quality of a nation's civilization.

--John F. Kennedy

pink and white light illustration

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable.

--John F. Kennedy

forest near mountain alps

Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.

--John F. Kennedy

seashore during golden hour

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

--John F. Kennedy



black and white abstract illustration

The tremendous increase in productivity in American farms is really the most astonishing phenomenon in the free world.

--John F. Kennedy

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.

--John F. Kennedy

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Whatever the political affiliation of our next President, whatever his views may be on all the issues and problems that rush in upon us, he must above all be the chief executive in every sense of the word.

--John F. Kennedy

gray cactus plant on white pot

When I was growing up I had three wishes. I wanted to be a Lindbergh-type hero, learn Chinese, and become a member of The Algonquin Round Table.

--John F. Kennedy

gray elephant

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

--John F. Kennedy

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed.

--John F. Kennedy


landscape photography of waves and clouds

It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.

--John F. Kennedy


sunset

I do not belive that Washington should do for the people wha they can do for themselves through local and private effort.

--John F. Kennedy

body of water during daytime

The great enemy of the truth is not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

--John F. Kennedy

None

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

--John F. Kennedy

boy and cat in front of moon

Politics is a jungle-torn between doing the right thing and staying in office.

--John F. Kennedy

woman wearing white dress

I'm an idealist without illusions.

--John F. Kennedy

None

For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation.

--John F. Kennedy

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Every dollar released from taxation that is spared or invested will help create a new job and a new salary.

--John F. Kennedy

band performing on stage in front of people

I want every American to be free to stand up for his rights, even if sometimes he has to sit down for them.

--John F. Kennedy

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

--John F. Kennedy

Arizona landscape rocks

Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely... call it what you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition.

--John F. Kennedy

pink flowers in tilt shift lens

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.

--John F. Kennedy


green trees in between gray concrete road

There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live.

--John F. Kennedy

seashore during daytime

Let us make it clear that we will never turn our backs on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom.

--John F. Kennedy

woman on seashore near island under blue sky

I am fully aware of the fact that the Democratic Party, by nominating someone of my faith, has taken on what many regard as a new and hazardous risk.

--John F. Kennedy

white brick wall planning

It is true that my predecessor did not object, as I do, to pictures of one's golf skill in action. But neither, on the other hand, did he ever bean a Secret Serviceman.

--John F. Kennedy




white and black bird

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

--John F. Kennedy


glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

--John F. Kennedy

red roses on book

Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort.

--John F. Kennedy

green artificial palm tree on seashore

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

--John F. Kennedy

purple and blue light illustration

What really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out -- not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time.

--John F. Kennedy


sunset

We must create world-wide law and law enforcement as we outlaw world-wide war and weapon.

--John F. Kennedy

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

--John F. Kennedy



brown butterfly perched on flower

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

--John F. Kennedy

aerial photo of green trees

The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.

--John F. Kennedy

cluster of stars in the sky

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

--John F. Kennedy

None

The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.

--John F. Kennedy


empty gray floor beside pool

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

--John F. Kennedy



selective focus photo of green snake plant

Any danger spot is tenable if men, brave men, will make it so.

--John F. Kennedy

man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress

Time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life.

--John F. Kennedy


aerial photography of forest

War and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.

--John F. Kennedy

silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff

Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.

--John F. Kennedy

closeup photo of sunflower

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

--John F. Kennedy

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

Man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

--John F. Kennedy


silver round analog wall clock

A boy spends his time finding a girl to sleep with. A real man spends his time looking for the one worth waking up to.

--John F. Kennedy

pink umbrella

Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.

--John F. Kennedy

full moon in the sky

Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past -- let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

--John F. Kennedy

purple and green light digital wallpaper

I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.

--John F. Kennedy

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We live in a hemisphere whose own revolution has given birth to the most powerful force of the modern age; the search for freedom and self fulfillment of man.

--John F. Kennedy

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

At the start of 2005 the idea of downloading a song to a mobile phone was an idea, by the end of the year it was a reality.

--John F. Kennedy

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

The US Airforce assures me that UFO's pose no threat to National Security.

--John F. Kennedy

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I look forward to a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

--John F. Kennedy

pink and teal striped textile

We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.

--John F. Kennedy

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

--John F. Kennedy

blue and white striped textile

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

--John F. Kennedy

sunset forest

A journey to Thousand miles begins with one step.

--John F. Kennedy

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Neither smiles nor frowns, neither good intentions nor harsh words, are a substitute for strength.

--John F. Kennedy

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.

--John F. Kennedy


blue painted wall with white paint

The time is not far off when many nations in many parts of the world of many political shades and commitments will possess nuclear or even thermonuclear weapons.

--John F. Kennedy

full moon in the sky

There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility.

--John F. Kennedy

Arizona landscape

Disarmament without checks is but a shadow -- and a community without law is but a shell.

--John F. Kennedy


purple flowers under sunny sky

But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone.

--John F. Kennedy

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Acting on our own, by ourselves, we cannot establish justice throughout the world, but joined with other free nations, we can ... assist the developing nations to throw off the yoke of poverty.

--John F. Kennedy

clear wine glass with red wine

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in.

--John F. Kennedy




black and gray floral textile

Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of
the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new
ideas and for a better world, which has made us great.

--John F. Kennedy


blue and white painted wall

The earth, the sea and air are the concern of every nation. And science, technology, and education can be the ally of every nation.

--John F. Kennedy

yellow green leaf

Persons are judged to be great because of the positive qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults.

--John F. Kennedy

clear wine glass with red wine

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

--John F. Kennedy

green pine tree on mountain

Civility is not a sign of weakness.

--John F. Kennedy


pet dog sitting down on snow

If not us, who? If not now, when?

--John F. Kennedy


gray hummingbird

Only an educated and informed people will be a free people.

--John F. Kennedy


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met -- obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.

--John F. Kennedy




orange and white floor tiles

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days ...nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

--John F. Kennedy

grayscale photography of pug

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.

--John F. Kennedy






pink flower

The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.

--John F. Kennedy

blue painted wall with white paint

In our democracy every young person should have an equal opportunity to obtain a higher education, regardless of his station in life or financial means.

--John F. Kennedy

white flowers in brown stem

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.

--John F. Kennedy

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No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition and both are necessary.

--John F. Kennedy



pink and white flower in close up photography

Immigration policy should be
generous; it should be fair; it should
be flexible. With such a policy we
can turn to the world, and to our own
past, with clean hands and a clear
conscience.

--John F. Kennedy

blue and white abstract painting

We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock.

--John F. Kennedy

woman carrying baby while walking

I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as a self-governing people to hear everything relevant.

--John F. Kennedy


white and blue sky during daytime

Our nation is founded on the principal that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny.

--John F. Kennedy

green leafed plants on forest

A Canadian newspaperman said yesterday that this is the President's "Easter egghead roll on the White House lawn." I want to deny that!

--John F. Kennedy

aerial photography of forest

Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.

--John F. Kennedy


selective focus photo of green snake plant

Richard Cromwell was not fit to wear the mantle of his uncle.

--John F. Kennedy


yellow sunflower

If we fail to encourage physical development and prowess, we will undermine our capcity for thought, for work, and for use of those skills vital to an expanding and complex America.

--John F. Kennedy




horse

Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.

--John F. Kennedy

city lights from hill

The pay is good and I can walk to work.

--John F. Kennedy



fawn pug lying on gray blanket

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

--John F. Kennedy

silhouette of mountain

An artist's working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.

--John F. Kennedy

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.

--John F. Kennedy





time lapse photography body of water

Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality.

--John F. Kennedy


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Today our concern must be with the future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.

--John F. Kennedy




snowy mountain

The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.

--John F. Kennedy

concert photos

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.

--John F. Kennedy


Arizona landscape snow

We must abolish nuclear weapons, or they will abolish us.

--John F. Kennedy


None

We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

--John F. Kennedy

two gray pencils on yellow surface

I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.

--John F. Kennedy

green leaf in close up photography

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

--John F. Kennedy


green trees beside body of water during daytime

The people who line on our farms make it possible for this country to progress as it has.

--John F. Kennedy

man wearing black jacket standing on street

A strong America...depends on its farms and natural resources.

--John F. Kennedy

golden retriever inside car

I am the one person who can truthfully say, I got my job through the New York Times.

--John F. Kennedy

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

No sane society chooses to commit national suicide.

--John F. Kennedy

sunset highway

In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.

--John F. Kennedy

blue sky and white clouds

Real men stay faithful. They don't have time to look for other women because they're too busy looking for new ways to love their own.

--John F. Kennedy

man holding brown violin

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.

--John F. Kennedy

gray satellite disc on field

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

--John F. Kennedy


white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.

--John F. Kennedy


red textile in close up photography

For if Freedom and Communism were to compete for mans allegiance in a world at peace, I would look to the future with ever increasing confidence.

--John F. Kennedy

black dog face

The best road to progress is freedom's road.

--John F. Kennedy

person holding white book

The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may.

--John F. Kennedy


body of water during daytime

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.

--John F. Kennedy

We wish you a perfect day!