Quotes by John F. Kennedy

A child miseducated is a child lost.
- John F. Kennedy
I'm an idealist without illusions.
- John F. Kennedy
The pay is good and I can walk to work.
- John F. Kennedy
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We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
- John F. Kennedy
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
- John F. Kennedy
The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy
America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
- John F. Kennedy
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- John F. Kennedy
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
- John F. Kennedy
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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
- John F. Kennedy
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
- John F. Kennedy
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
- John F. Kennedy
The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
- John F. Kennedy
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy
I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.
- John F. Kennedy
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
- John F. Kennedy
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
- John F. Kennedy
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
- John F. Kennedy
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- John F. Kennedy
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
- John F. Kennedy
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
- John F. Kennedy
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
- John F. Kennedy
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
- John F. Kennedy
Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
- John F. Kennedy
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
- John F. Kennedy
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy
I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
- John F. Kennedy
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
- John F. Kennedy
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
- John F. Kennedy
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy
Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.
- John F. Kennedy
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
- John F. Kennedy
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
- John F. Kennedy
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
- John F. Kennedy
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
- John F. Kennedy
We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.
- John F. Kennedy
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
- John F. Kennedy
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
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
- John F. Kennedy
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
- John F. Kennedy
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
- John F. Kennedy
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- John F. Kennedy
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
- John F. Kennedy
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
We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- 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
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
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
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy
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
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
- John F. Kennedy
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
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
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.
- John F. Kennedy
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
- John F. Kennedy
I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
- John F. Kennedy
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
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
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy
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
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
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
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!'
- John F. Kennedy
For time and the world do not stand still. 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
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
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
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
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.
- John F. Kennedy
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.
- John F. Kennedy
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
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
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
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
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
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
I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters - and the church does not speak for me.
- John F. Kennedy
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 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
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
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
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
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
- John F. Kennedy
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.
- 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
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
- John F. Kennedy
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
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
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
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

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