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John F. Kennedy Quotes

About John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

Life: 1917 - 1963

Country: us flag America

Profession: President;

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917-November 22, 1963), was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

 

Quotations

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 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

I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.

~ John F. Kennedy

- remarks upon receiving an honorary degree, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 26, 1963


There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was also the age of Shakespeare. And the New Frontier for which I campaign in public life, can also be a New Frontier for American art.

~ John F. Kennedy

- letter to Miss Theodate Johnson, publisher of Musical America, September 13, 1960


We need men who can dream of things that never were.

~ John F. Kennedy

- speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

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.

~ John F. Kennedy

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda, it is a form of truth.

~ 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

Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need - not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation" - a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty and war itself.

~ John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

~ John F. Kennedy

People have not been horrified by war to a sufficient extent ... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.

~ 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.

~ John F. Kennedy

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.

~ John F. Kennedy

In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.

~ John F. Kennedy

The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world.

~ John F. Kennedy

The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

~ 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

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

For if Freedom and Communism were to compete for man's allegiance in a world at peace, I would look to the future with ever increasing confidence.

~ John F. Kennedy

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.

~ John F. Kennedy

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 F. Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or the last.

~ John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

~ John F. Kennedy

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.

~ John F. Kennedy
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