Quotes by John F. Kennedy

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 November 22, 1963), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. A member of ...

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

A child miseducated is a child lost.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
Written in Chinese, the word crisis, is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represent opportunity.
Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.
The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity.
Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
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.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.
Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
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.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shinning.
I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
The basis of effective government is public confidence.
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
... ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Failure has no friends.
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.
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.
Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.
It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.
When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
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.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Todays military rejects include tomorrows hard core unemployed.
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. These libraries should be open to allexcept the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.
Dont teach my boy poetry, an English mother recently wrote the Provost of Harrow. Dont teach my boy poetry; he is going to stand for Parliament. Well, perhaps she was rightbut if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live on this Commencement Day of 1956.
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.
A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier -- the frontier of the 1960s, a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. The new frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises -- it is a set of challenges.
The great battleground for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe... the lands of the rising peoples. Their revolution is the greatest in human history. They seek an end to injustice, tyranny and exploitation. More than an end, they seek a beginning.
There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life