John F. Kennedy

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I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as a self-governing people to hear everything relevant.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Rights
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Just as I went into politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Running
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Peace is a process, a way of solving problems
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Way
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We live in a hemisphere whose own revolution has given birth to the most powerful force of the modern age; the search for freedom and self fulfillment of man.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Powerful
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A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget....As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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Certain other societies may respect the rule of force--we respect the rule of law.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Law
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The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Giving
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A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Broken Promises
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Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Reality
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Truth is a tyrant-the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Truth
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It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Running
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No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition and both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Dedication
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So long as freedom from hunger is only half achieved, so long as two thirds of the nations have food deficits, no citizen, no nation can afford to be satisfied. We have the ability, as members of the human race, we have the means, we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth in our lifetime. We only need the will.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mean
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Here on earth, God's work must surely be our own.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Leadership
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The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Promise
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The only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Tests
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Great crises produce great men, and great deeds of courage.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Being Strong
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The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes - one for peace and one for science.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Two
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A medical revolution has extended the life of our elder citizens without providing the dignity and security those later years deserve.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Years
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In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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Some of my colleagues who are criticized today for lack of forthright principles-or who are looked upon with scorn as compromising "politicians"-are simply engaged in the fine art of conciliating, balancing and interpreting the forces and factions of public opinion, an art essential to keeping our nation united and enabling our Government to function.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgement. The artist... faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an offensive state.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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If men and women are in chains anywhere in the world, then freedom is endangered everywhere.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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The success of this Government, and thus the success of our Nation, depends in the last analysis upon the quality.of our career services. The legislation enacted by the Congress, as well as the decisions made by me and by the department and agency heads, must all be implemented by the career men and women in the Federal service. In foreign affairs, national defense, science and technology, and a host of other fields, they face problems of unprecedented importance and perplexity. We are all dependent on their sense of loyalty and responsibility as well as their competence and energy.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Loyalty
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I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish - where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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I know there is a God - I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it - if he has a place then I am ready - we see the hand.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Patriotic
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Those [presidents] who were strongest intellectually were also strongest spiritually.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: President
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There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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Life isn't fair. In never was and never will be.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Fairs
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Just because we cannot see clearly te end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Journey
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All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days . . .nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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Fail miserably, achieve greatly!
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Failing
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When power corrupts, poetry cleanses
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Diversity
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It is with great satisfaction that I have signed into law the Social Security Amendments of 1961. They represent an additional step toward eliminating many of the hardships resulting from old age, disability, or the death of the family wage-earner. A nation's strength lies in the well-being of its people. The Social Security program plays an important part in providing for families, children, and older persons in time of stress, but it cannot remain static. Changes in our population, in our working habits, and in our standard of living require constant revision.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Children
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The day before my inauguration President Eisenhower told me, You'll find that no easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them. I found that hard to believe, but now I know it is true.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe
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The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Growth
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We have become more and more not a nation of athletes but a nation of spectators.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Athlete
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Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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As every past generation has had to disenthrall itself from an inheritance of truisms and stereotypes, so in our own time we must move on from the reassuring repetition of stale phrases to a new, difficult, but essential confrontation with reality. For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie-deliberate, contrived and dishonest-but the myth-persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Mythology distracts us everywhere.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Lying
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There is, of course, a legitimate argument for some limitation upon immigration. We no longer need settlers for virgin lands, and our economy is expanding more slowly than in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Land
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The present tax codes inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Decision
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I strongly believe in Scouting. ... It's a source of great strength to us.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe
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Of all the multitudes who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in times of great suffering and loss, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Loss