John F. Kennedy Quotes

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A rising tide lifts all boats.
— John F. Kennedy
A child miseducated is a child lost.
— John F. Kennedy
The mere absence of war is not peace.
— John F. Kennedy

peace

A child mis-educated is a child lost.
— John F. Kennedy
Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.

loyalty

The state is the servant of the citizen.
— John F. Kennedy
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
— John F. Kennedy
The achievement of justice is an endless process.
— John F. Kennedy
I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.
— John F. Kennedy
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
— John F. Kennedy

enemies forgiveness

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
— John F. Kennedy

computers

No government is better than the men who compose it.
— John F. Kennedy
For of those to whom much is given, much is required.
— John F. Kennedy
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
— John F. Kennedy

common sense

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
— John F. Kennedy

leadership

Great crises produce great men and great deeds of courage.

crisis

For leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
— John F. Kennedy
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
— John F. Kennedy
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
— John F. Kennedy
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
— John F. Kennedy
The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.
— John F. Kennedy

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Arms alone are not enough to keep the peace. It must be kept by people.
— John F. Kennedy
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
— John F. Kennedy

negotiation

The supreme reality of our time is . . . the vulnerability of our planet.
— John F. Kennedy
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
— John F. Kennedy
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
— John F. Kennedy

certainty

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
— John F. Kennedy

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We shall be judged more by what we do at home than by what we preach abroad.
— John F. Kennedy

socialism

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

peace

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
— John F. Kennedy
There are no 'white' or 'colored' signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
— John F. Kennedy

race

There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.
— 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

propaganda

The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
— John F. Kennedy

education

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
— John F. Kennedy

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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
— John F. Kennedy

poverty

We cannot negotiate with those who say, "what's mine is mine, what's yours is negotiable."
— John F. Kennedy

negotiation

We are inclined that if we watch a football game or baseball game, we have taken part in it.
— John F. Kennedy

sports

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

civil rights movement diversity

For art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
— John F. Kennedy
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
— John F. Kennedy

ideas

All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
— John F. Kennedy

potential

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

prejudice

When things don't go well they like to blame presidents; and that's something that presidents are paid for.
— 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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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

politicians

Freedom is not merely a word or an abstract theory, but the most effective instrument for advancing the welfare of man.
— John F. Kennedy
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.
— John F. Kennedy

appreciation gratitude

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

art

There was a farmer who planted some corn. He said to his neighbor, "I hope I break even this year. I really need the money."
— John F. Kennedy

economics

We must seek, above all a world of peace in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.
— John F. Kennedy
Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men...have lived.

courage

When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters.  One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
— John F. Kennedy

crisis

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

tradition truth

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

mankind the world

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
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
— John F. Kennedy
Our nation is founded on the principle 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
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

technology

The definition of happiness of the Greeks...is full use of your powers along lines of excellence.  I find, therefore, the Presidency provides some happiness.
— John F. Kennedy

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I have given before to this group the definition of happiness of the Greeks, and I will define it again: it is full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
— John F. Kennedy

excellence happiness

The energy, faith, and 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
I am proud of the revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought . . . the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but the hands of God.
— John F. Kennedy

revolution rights

I do not say that all men are equal in their ability, character and motivation. I do say that every American should be given a fair chance to develop all the talents he may have.
— John F. Kennedy

equality

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
I look forward to a great future for America - 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
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
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
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 the success of liberty.
— John F. Kennedy

freedom

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
— John F. Kennedy

poetry power

In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience—the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men—each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.

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