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John Fitzgerald Kennedy quotes (49)

And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Food

Where there is no vision the people perish....
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Vision

Above all we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish when it cannot freely select its methods and objects when it is deprived of spontaneity then society severs the root of art.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Art

Man is the most extraordinary computer of all.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Computer

For those to whom much is given much is required.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Blessing

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: War

Asked how he became a Navy hero It was involuntary. They sank my boat.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Hero

Sorrow is a form of self-pity.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Sorrow

The mere absence of war is not peace. The mere absence of recession is not growth.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Peace

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Bad

Our task now is not to fix the blame for the past but fix the course for the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Future

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Courage

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days nor in the life of this Administration nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: President

The supreme reality of our time is ... the vulnerability of this planet.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Earth

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Places

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie deliberate contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent persuasive and unrealistic.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Myth

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Learn

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts foreign ideas alien philosophies and competitive values. For 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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Nation

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor it cannot save the few who are rich.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Potential

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Exception

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Education

If we cannot now end our differences at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: World

Too often we ... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Comfort

The New Frontier I speak of 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 intent to ask of them.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Challenge

All of us do not have equal talent but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Talent

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Impossible

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Democracy

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.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Spirit

In the past those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Power

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Prudent

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: End

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Military

We choose to go to the moon not because its easy but because its hard.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Moon

Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Politeness

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Fear

To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the age of 44 would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of Independence Washington from commanding the Continental Army Madison from fathering the Constitution Hamilton from serving as secretary of the treasury Clay from being elected speaker of the House and Christopher Columbus from discovering America.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Age

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Burden

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: History

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Conformity

Freedom is indivisible and when one man is enslaved all are not free. When all are free then we can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Freedom

Forgive your enemies but never forget their names.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Enemy

And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Country

A man may die nations may rise and fall but an idea lives on.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Idea

I am an idealist without illusions.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Optimism

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 proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed and to which we are committed today at home and around the world!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Ambition

Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Happiness

When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Danger

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Government

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 Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Science