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    john f. kennedy Quotes

    The guiding principle of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be IN GOD WE TRUST.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: trust  god 
     
    There are only two realities in life: death and laughter. We can do nothing to change the former, so we might as well do all we can to save the latter.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: death  laughter  reality 
     
    It takes two to make peace.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace 
     
    And a revolution of automation finds machines replacing men in the mines and mills of America, without replacing their incomes or their training or their needs to pay the family doctor, grocer and landlord.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies-and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America-in the payola mentality, the expense account way of life, the confusion between what is legal and what is right.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: right  confusion 
     
    One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free- -but one-third is the victim of cruel repression-and the other one- third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations than by the fission of the atom itself.
    — John F. Kennedy
    For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: doubt 
     
    The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: right  god 
     
    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
    tags: bad  religious  mind 
     
    Life isn't fair. In never was and never will be.
    — John F. Kennedy
    In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone-and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life-he [Churchill] mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  language  dark  night  battle  england 
     
    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
    tags: believe  real  church  america 
     
    An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: children  child 
     
    No one gains from fair employment law and legislation if there is no employment to be had.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: law 
     
    I can evade questions without help; what I need is answers
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: questions 
     
    We don't want to be like the leader in the French Revolution who said There go my people, I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.
    — John F. Kennedy
    To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support - to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective - to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak - and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace  world  age  renew  war  hope 
     
    We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!
    — John F. Kennedy
    The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  war 
     
    The fact that we live in a world that moves crisis by crisis does not make a growing interest in outdoor activities frivolous, or ample provision for them unworthy of the nation's concern.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: live  world  facts 
     
    The world has been close to war before-but now man, who has survived all previous threats to his existence, has taken into his mortal hands the power to exterminate the entire species some seven times over.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  men  power  world  existence  war 
     
    I was never accepted into certain parts of New England society because my grandfather was an Irish barkeep.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: society  england 
     
    I believe in an America ... where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches, or any other ecclesiastical source.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: believe  church  america 
     
    Ask not what your community can do for you; ask what your community can not do for anyone else.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: community 
     
    I believe in an America that is on the march - an America respected by all nations, friends and foes alike - an America that is moving, doing, working, trying - a strong America in a worldof peace. That peace must be based on world law and world order, on the mutual respect of all nations for the rights and powers of others and on a world economy in which no nation lacks theability to provide a decent standard of living for all of its people.
    — John F. Kennedy
    A life of complete leisure is the hardest work of all.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: work  leisure 
     
    When things don't go well they like to blame presidents; and that's something that presidents are paid for.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: problem 
     
    While we cannot guarantee that we shall one day be first, we can guarantee that any failure to make this effort will make us last.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: failure 
     
    If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  progress 
     
    I would encourage every American to walk as often as possible. It's more than healthy; it's fun.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: encourage  fun  american 
     
    Everything changes but change itself.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The White House was designed by Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect, and I have no doubt that he believed by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: doubt  appreciate 
     
    To each of us is entrusted the heavy responsibility of guiding the affairs of a democratic nation founded on Christian ideals.
    — John F. Kennedy
    We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  dangerous 
     
    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
    tags: power  risk  nuclear  race 
     
    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
    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
    There's an old saying. Never send a boy to do a man's job, send a lady.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: job  saying  boys 
     
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