John F. Kennedy

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Peaceful circulation has been interupted by barbed wire and concrete blocks. For a city or a people to be truly free, they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choices and live their own lives.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Block
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Sincerity is always subject to proof.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sincerity
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American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive,always growing, always unfinished.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Alive
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Freedom is not merely a word or an abstract theory, but the most effective instrument for advancing the welfare of man.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Fabric
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Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts - including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Presidential
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Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Hope
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It is time for a new generation of leadership.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Generations
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Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Education
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We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Freedom
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It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights--even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Rights
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Libraries should be open to all - except the censor.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Library
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Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Strong
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The basis of effective government is public confidence, and that confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter or appear to falter.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Ethical Standards
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Not everyone has equal abilities, but everyone should have equal opportunity for education.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Teaching
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This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened ... It ought to to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspiring
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Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Achievement
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The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmounious proportions to produce a creative intelligence.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Creativity
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We must abolish nuclear weapons, or they will abolish us.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Nuclear
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If all of you had voted the other way - there's about 5500 of you here tonight - I would not be the President of the United States.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Presidential
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So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Weakness
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I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end... where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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It is for these reasons that I believe we must expand day-care centers and provide other assistance which I have recommended to the Congress. At present, the total facilities of all the licensed day-care centers in the Nation can take care of only 185,000 children. Nearly 500,000 children under 12 must take care of themselves while their mothers work. This, it seems to me, is a formula for disaster.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mother
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Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sweet
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Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: War
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Most cities are nouns. New York's a verb.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: New York
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I had always enjoyed the title of Commander-in-Chief until I was informed ... that the only forces that cannot be transferred from Washington without my express permission are the members of the Marine Corps Band. Those are the only forces I have. I want it announced that we propose to hold the White House against all odds at least for some time to come.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Marine
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The United States of America has no intention of finishing second in space. This effort is expensive-but it pays its way for freedom and for America.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Future
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The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: People
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As they say on my own Cape Cod, a rising tide lifts all the boats. And a partnership, by definition, serves both partners, without domination or unfair advantage. Together we have been partners in adversitylet us also be partners in prosperity.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Together
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This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can't have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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We must start now to provide additional stimulus to the modernization of American industrial plants I shall propose to the Congress a new tax incentive for businesses to expand their normal investment in plant and equipment.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Incentives
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Man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Independent
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We shall be judged more by what we do at home than what we preach abroad.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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We stand today on the edge of a new frontier.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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Sailing has given me some of the most pleasant and exciting moments of my life. It also has taught me something of the courage, resourcefulness, and strength of men who sail the seas in ships.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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Our deep spiritual confidence that this nation will survive the perils of today - which may well be with us for decades to come - compels us to invest in our nation's future, to consider and meet our obligations to our children and the numberless generations that will follow.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Spiritual
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The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Real
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Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound gods.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sports
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First I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe
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The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital from static to more dynamic situations, the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth of the economy.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: New Ventures
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We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Moving
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Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased - not a reduced - flow of revenues to the federal government.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Yield
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We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Life
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I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote - where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference - and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe
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According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Travel
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But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured - perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in - for that should be important only to me - but what kind of America I believe in.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Real
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It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Leadership
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Malthus argued a century and a half ago that man, by using up all his available resources, would forever press on the limits of subsistence, thus condemning humanity to an indefinite future of misery and poverty. We can now begin to hope and, I believe, know that Malthus was expressing not a law of nature, but merely the limitation then of scientific and social wisdom. The truth or falsity of his prediction will depend now, with the tools we have, on our own actions, now and in the years to come.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe