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John F. Kennedy quotes (108)

A child miseducated is a child lost.
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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!"
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America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
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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.
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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
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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.
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Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
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Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
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Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
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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.
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
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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.
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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.
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I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
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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.
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I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
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I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.
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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.
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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.
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I'm an idealist without illusions.
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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
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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.
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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.
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If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
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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.
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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.
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Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
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It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
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It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
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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.
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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
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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.
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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 the success of liberty.
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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.
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Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
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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.
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Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
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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.
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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.
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My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
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My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.
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My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
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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.
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Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
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Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.
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Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
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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.
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Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
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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.
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Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
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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.
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Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
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Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.
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The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
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The best road to progress is freedom's road.
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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.
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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.
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The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
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