John F. Kennedy Quotes

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John F. Kennedy quotes are a powerful review of the way he addressed the issues of the day.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He was elected in 1961. A large majority of the American people loved President Kennedy.

Three notable issues that President Kennedy had to deal with were the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Civil Rights. These John F. Kennedy quotes in a host of ways addresses these three issues.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1965.

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

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

Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
-John F. Kennedy

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

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
-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

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
-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

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

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

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.
-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

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

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

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

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

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
-John F. Kennedy

My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now.
-John F. Kennedy

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
-John F. Kennedy

The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
-John F. Kennedy

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
-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

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

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
-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 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

The pay is good and I can walk to work.
-John F. Kennedy

The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. 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 progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
-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

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

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
-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

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
-John F. Kennedy

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
-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

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

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

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

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