John F. Kennedy

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No man who enters upon the office to which I have succeeded can fail to recognize how every president of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God. Every president has taken comfort and courage when toldthat the Lord 'will be with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Fear not-neither be thou dismayed.' Each of our presidents in his own way has placed a special trust in God. Those who were strongest intellectually were also strongest spiritually.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Taken
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Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable, that mankind is doomed, that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade; therefore they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as be wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Peace
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One hundred and fifty years ago the vacant lands of the West were opened to private use. One hundred years ago the Congress passed the Homestead Act, probably the single greatest stimulus to national development ever enacted. Under the impetus of that Act and other laws, more than 1.1 billion acres of the original public main have been transferred to private and non-federal public ownership. The 768 million acres remaining in federal ownership are a valuable national asset.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Years
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Events of October 1962 indicated, as they had all through history, that control of the sea means security. Control of the seas can mean peace. Control of the seas can mean victory. The United States must control the seas if it is to protect your security.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mean
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I have seen in many places housing which has been developed under government influences, but I have never seen any projects in which governments have played their part which have fountains and statues and grass and trees, which are as important to the concept of the home as the roof itself.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Home
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The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Labour Movement
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I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty...an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Art
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No American is ever made better off by pulling a fellow American down, and all of us are made better off whenever any one of us is made better off.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Down And
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The effort to improve the conditions of man, however, is not a task for the few. It is the task of all nations-acting alone, acting in groups, acting in the United Nations, for plague and pestilence, plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature and the hunger of children are the foes of every nation. The earth, the sea and the air are the concern of every nation. And science, technology and education can be the ally of every nation.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Children
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Moral courage is more a rare commodity than bravery in a battle or great intelligence.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Courage
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There is only one rule by which to judge if God is near us or is far away - the rule that God's word is giving us today: everyone concerned for the hungry, the naked, the poor, for those who have vanished in police custody, for the tortured, for prisoners, for all flesh that suffers, has God close at hand. We have the ability, we have the means, and we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth. We need only the will.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Mean
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We are confronted primarily with a moral issue... whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Opportunity
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I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Military
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War and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Past
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We do not want an official state church. If ninety-nine percent of the population were Catholics, I would still be opposed to it. I do not want civil power combined with religious power. I want to make it clear that I am committed as a matter of deep personal conviction to separation.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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There is danger that totalitarian governments, not subject to vigorous popular debate, will underestimate the will and unity of democratic societies where vital interests are concerned.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Government
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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people - faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment - faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Ocean
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Harry Truman once said, 'There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it.'
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Responsibility
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There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Thank You
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There's an old saying. Never send a boy to do a man's job, send a lady.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Jobs
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A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Police
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If at times our actions seem to make life difficult for others, it is only because history has made life difficult for us all.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: History
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No man who enters upon the office to which I have succeeded can fail to recognize how every president of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Men
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We in this country, in this generation, are, by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Country
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Privilege is here, and with privilege goes responsibility.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Responsibility
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Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Change
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Perhaps scientists have been the most international of all professions in their outlook... Every time you scientists make a major invention, we politicians have to invent a new institution to cope with it-and almost invariably, these days, it must be an international institution.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Government
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Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Fall
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Our present tax system ... exerts too heavy a drag on growth ... It reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment, and risk-taking ... The present tax load ... distorts economic judgments and channels an undue amount of energy into efforts to avoidtaxliabilities.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Effort
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What church I go to on Sunday, what dogma of the Catholic Church I believe in, is my business; and whatever faith any other American has is his business.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Believe
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There is something that happens when we leave the land and enter the ocean. It's unexpected, the environment feels strangely welcoming. The ocean almost feels like... home.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Ocean
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Real men stay faithful. They don't have time to look for other women because they're too busy looking for new ways to love their own.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Real
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If my church attempted to influence me in a way which was improper or which affected adversely my responsibilities as a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, then I would reply to them that this was an improper action on their part. It was one to which I could not subscribe.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Responsibility
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I have a nice home, the office is close by, and the pay is good.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Nice
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There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in war and some men are wounded; some men never leave the country, some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Inspirational
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As science, of necessity, becomes more involved with itself, so also, of necessity, it becomes more international. I am impressed to know that of the 670 members of this Academy
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Science
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Voters are more than Catholics, Protestants or Jews. They make up their minds for many diverse reasons, good and bad. To submit the candidates to a religious test is unfair enough - to apply it to the voters is divisive, degrading and wholly unwarranted.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Religious
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A nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Home
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Unless liberty flourishes in all lands, it cannot flourish in one.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Land
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I suppose if you could have only one thing, it would be that-energy. Without it, you haven't got a thing.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Endurance
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O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Sea
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The great enemy of the truth is not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Lying
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The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Wisdom
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I do not speak for my church on public matters; and the church does not speak for me.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Church
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I have said that control of arms is a mission that we undertake particularly for our children and our grandchildren and that they have no lobby in Washington.
- John F. Kennedy
Collection: Children