The best Quotes by John F. Kennedy

The best Quotes by John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK and by the nickname Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. He was the youngest person to assume the presidency by election and the youngest president at the end of his tenure. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to his presidency.

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
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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.
June 1963
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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
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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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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
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Let every nation know... 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.
Inaugural Address
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Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is "Ich bin ein Berliner."
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Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
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If anybody really wants to shoot the President of the United States, it is not a very difficult job - all one has to do is get a high building some day with a telescopic rifle, and there is nothing anybody could do to defend against such an attempt on the President's life.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Let the word go forth... that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.
Inaugural Address
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
Inaugural Address
The world is very very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.
Inaugural Address
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Inaugural Adress
The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Quotes about John F. Kennedy

I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts - spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. There was only one gift he held back - length of life.
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It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.
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I don't think you're much good, unless you're doing good to someone.
I tried to allow my children to take risks, to test themselves. Better broken bones than broken spirit.
Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution - nor by the courts - nor by the officers of the law - nor by the lawyers - but by the men and women who constitute our society - who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.
The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
American people simply will not countenance being lied to by their own President.
I had been in so many towns and cities in America with John Kennedy, but I was not with him in Dallas, Texas, on November 21, 1963.
We don't go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers.
The presidency awed me, but presidents do not. Perhaps I have always expected too much of them, but I believe that when they reach the highest office in the land, they should live up to the greatest honor that can come to a person in American political life. Some have stood the test better than others.
The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.
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In civilized life, law floats in a sea of ethics.
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But I believe in love, you know; love is a uniquely portable magic. I don’t think it’s in the stars, but I do believe that blood calls to blood and mind calls to mind and heart to heart.
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Sarcastic people tend to be marshmallows underneath the armor.
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Dante: "[seeing a Confederate flag] What? Are you serious?"
Lila: "Newsflash, we're in deep Texas."
You're gonna like Massachusetts. It's very patriotic - perfect for a fresh start.
Georgia Miller in Ginny & Georgia - Season 1 Episode 1
You can leave Dallas, but it will never leave you.
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.
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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
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People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.
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I've had many enemies over the years. If there's one thing I've learned, it's never engage in a fight you're sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you're in a position of strength - even if you no longer need to strike back.
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Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.
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Justice comes from vengeance but justice only breeds more vengeance.
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We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that. It's like air. When you have it, you don't notice it.
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Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that, one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure to be one who rises against them and strikes back!
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The future is easy because it doesn't exist; but the past is painful because it lives forever.
It is not the strong or the smart that survive, but the ones who can bring about change.
Celestia Ludenberg in Danganronpa

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