John F. Kennedy

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I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable - and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men - brave men - will make it so.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Cities
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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
Collection: Art
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The time is not far off when many nations in many parts of the world of many political shades and commitments will possess nuclear or even thermonuclear weapons.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Commitment
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It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Nature
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I believe the American people are more concerned with a man's views and abilities than with the church to which he belongs. I believe the founding fathers meant it when they provided in Article VI of the Constitution that there should be no religious test for public office. And I believe that the American people mean to adhere to those principles today.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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And if we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example. The President himself must set the key example. I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Alarms
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Libraries should be open to all - except the censor. [Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Library
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I see little more important to the future of our country and our civilization than the full recognition of the place of the artist.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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A committee is twelve men doing the work of one.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Happiness
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While we shall never weary in the defense of freedom, neither shall we ever abandon the pursuit of peace.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Freedom
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It is not our wealth that built our roads, but it is our roads that built our wealth.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Wealth
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Let us not be blind to our differences-but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Children
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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, disease and war itself.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: War
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Our nation is founded on the principal that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Law
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Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Power
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One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Years
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Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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No sane society chooses to commit national suicide.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Suicide
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Show me a man with a great golf game, and I’ll show you a man who has been neglecting something.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Golf
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A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Hands
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Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sacrifice
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We need men who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Motivational
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There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Responsibility
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History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Leadership
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It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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Politics is a jungle-torn between doing the right thing and staying in office.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Office
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So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mean
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First, what does truth require? It requires us to face the facts as they are, not to involve ourselves in self-deception; to refuse to think merely in slogans. If we are to work for the future of the city, let us deal with the realities as they actually are, not as they might have been, and not as we wish they were.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Truth
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The problems with this world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need people who can dream of things that never were.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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We shall pay any price, bear any burden, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Success
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You have, at the same time, placed your confidence in me, and in my ability to render a free, fair judgment - to uphold the Constitution and my oath of office - and to reject any kind of religious pressure or obligation that might directly or indirectly interfere with my conduct of the Presidency in the national interest.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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Every dollar released from taxation that is spared or invested will help create a new job and a new salary.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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You can milk a cow the wrong way once and still be a farmer, but vote the wrong way on a water tower and you can be in trouble.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Water
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I think we're going to have to do better. Mr. Nixon talks about our being the strongest country in the world. I think we are today, but we were far stronger relative to the Communists 5 years ago. And what is of great concern is that the balance of power is in danger of moving with them. They made a breakthrough in missiles and by 1961, '2, and '3, they will be outnumbering us in missiles.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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I am glad that Congress has recently authorized $800,000 to State welfare agencies to expand their day-care services during the remainder of this fiscal year. But we need much more. We need the $8 million in the 1965 budget for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare allocated to this purpose.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Agency
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Anyone who is honestly seeking a job and can't find it, deserves the attention of the United States government, and the people.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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While we shall negotiate freely, we shall not negotiate freedom.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Freedom
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I also want to take cognizance of the fact that this flight was made out in the open with all the possibilities of failure, which would have been damaging to our country's prestige. Because great risks were taken in that regard, it seems to me that we have some right to claim that this open society of ours which risked much, gained much.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Independent
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There is no other airport in the world which serves so many people and so many airplanes. This is an extraordinary airport. . . it could be classed as one of the wonders of the modern world.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Airplane
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In a world of danger and trial, peace is our deepest aspiration.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Trials
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I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty ... Neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test - even by indirection.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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There are indications because of new inventions, that 10, 15, or 20 nations will have a nuclear capacity, including Red China, by the end of the Presidential office in 1964. This is extremely serious. I think the fate not only of our own civilization, but I think the fate of world and the future of the human race, is involved in preventing a nuclear war.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: War
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If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Presidential