John F. Kennedy

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All students, members of the faculty, and public officials in both Mississippi and the Nation will be able, it is hoped, to return to their normal activities with full confidence in the integrity of American law. This is as it should be, for our Nation is founded on the principle 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: Freedom
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There comes a point where you see no evidence that the carrot and diplomacy are working.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Carrots
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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: Freedom
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Nor problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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We must create world-wide law and law enforcement as we outlaw world-wide war and weapon
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: War
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Now is the time...for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Keys
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While it may be theoretically possible to demonstrate the risks inherent in any treaty... the far greater risk to our security are the risks of unrestricted testing, the risks of a nuclear arms race, the risks of new nuclear powers.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Race
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This is a great country and requires a good deal of all of us, so I can imagine nothing more important than for all of you to continue to work in public affairs and be interested in them, not only to bring up a family, but also give part of your time to your community, your state, and your country.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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With all of the history of war, and the human race's history unfortunately has been a good deal more war than peace, with nuclear weapons distributed all through the world, and available, and the strong reluctance of any people to accept defeat, I see the possibility in the 1970's of the President of the United States having to face a world in which 15 or 20 or 25 nations may have these weapons.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Strong
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I know my Republican friends were glad to see my wife feeding an elephant in India. She gave him sugar and nuts. But of course the elephant wasn't satisfied.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Party
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Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process-a way of solving problems.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Challenges
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I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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The Kennedy Administration's public pronouncements on the matter suggested that the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Castro's Cuba would represent an unacceptable strategic threat to the United States. . . . This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base - by the presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass-destruction - constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas. . . .
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mass Destruction
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In free society art is not a weapon...Artists are not engineers of the soul.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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In a world of danger and trial, peace is our deepest aspiration, and when peace comes we will gladly convert not our swords into plowshares, but our bombs into peaceful reactors, and our planes into space vessels. "Pursue peace," the Bible tells us, and we shall pursue it with every effort and every energy that we possess. But it is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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Nuclear weapons are so destructive and ballistic missiles are so swift, that any substantially increased possibility of their use or any sudden change in their deployment may well be regarded as a definite threat to peace.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Deployment
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It is true that my predecessor did not object, as I do, to pictures of one's golf skill in action. But neither, on the other hand, did he ever bean a Secret Serviceman.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Golf
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Where nature makes natural allies of us all, we can demonstrate that beneficial relations are possible even with those with whom we most deeply disagree-and this must someday be the basis of world peace and world law.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Law
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I'm 43 years old and I'm the healthiest candidate for the Presidency of the United States. You've travelled with me enough to know that I'm not going to die in office.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Years
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The federal government's most useful role is not to rush into a program of excessive increases in public expenditures, but to expand the incentives and opportunities for private expenditures.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Opportunity
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You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Perfect
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We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Competition
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It takes two to make peace.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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Foreign aid is a method by which the United States maintains a position of influence and control around the world
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: United States
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Expansion and modernization of the nation's productive plant is essential to accelerate economic growth and to improve the international competitive position of American industry An early stimulus to business investment will promote recovery and increase employment.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Recovery
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I do not say that all men are equal in their ability, character and motivation. I do say that every American should be given a fair chance to develop all the talents they may have.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Motivational
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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... All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin... And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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A journey to Thousand miles begins with one step
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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The very word Secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Nwo
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Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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Someone always needs rescuing, yet there's only one person who ever seems to understand you. It's a lot like being Lassie.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Needs
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The poet and the politician have this in common: their greatness depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of life.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Greatness
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The leadership of the American Legion has not had a constructive thought for the benefit of this country since 1918.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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Last year, more Americans went to symphonies than went to baseball games. This may be viewed as an alarming statistic, but I think that both baseball and the country will endure.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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If you face a man's job, find a woman!
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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The earth, the sea and air are the concern of every nation. And science, technology, and education can be the ally of every nation.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Technology
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To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the age of 44 would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington from commanding the Continental Army, Madison from fathering the Constitution, Hamilton from serving as secretary of the treasury, Clay from being elected speaker of the House and Christopher Columbus from discovering America.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Writing
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But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Dark
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We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Working Together
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Let's not talk so much about vice. I'm against vice in all forms.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Vices
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If we are to go only halfway or reduce our sights in the face of difficulty... it would be better to not go at all.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sight
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Since the time of the ancient Greeks, we have always felt that there was a close relationship between a strong, vital mind and physical fitness.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Strong
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Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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The credit of success is claimed by all, while a disaster is attributed to one alone.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Credit
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For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Presidential
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Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention and the first wave of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be part of it-we mean to lead it.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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The world was not meant to be a prison in which man awaits his execution.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs