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There are some light moments in these John F. Kennedy quotes. In fact, during the early part of the Kennedy presidency his wife (Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy) used the word Camelot to describe a happy time, a time of hope and optimism.

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Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
-John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
-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 man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
-John F. Kennedy

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
-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

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 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

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
-John F. Kennedy

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
-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

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
-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

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

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

America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
-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

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

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

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

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
-John F. Kennedy

A child miseducated is a child lost.
-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

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.
-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

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
-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

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

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

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
-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

It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
-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

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

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

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

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
-John F. Kennedy

I'm an idealist without illusions.
-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

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

I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.
-John F. Kennedy

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