Inspirational Quotes from John F. Kennedy

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.

John F. Kennedy

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.

John F. Kennedy

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

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If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

John F. Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

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My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

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We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that 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.

John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

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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.

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Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

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Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

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There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.

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Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.

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The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

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Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.

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Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.

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The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

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The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.

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In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.

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Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

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When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

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Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.

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I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

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A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.

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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

John F. Kennedy

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

John F. Kennedy

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

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Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.

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It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

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The best road to progress is freedom’s road.

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Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

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I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

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A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

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Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

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The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

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I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.

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When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

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A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.

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A child miseducated is a child lost.

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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

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Why should man’s first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure?

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We stand today on the edge of a new frontier – the frontier of the 1960’s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.

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