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    First, what does truth require? It requires us to face the facts as they are, not to involve ourselves in self-deception; to refuse to think merely in slogans. If we are to work for the future of the city, let us deal with the realities as they actually are, not as they might have been, and not as we wish they were. [...] The truth doesn't die.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth  work  reality  future  wishes  facts  die 
     
    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: enemies  truth  lies  enemy 
     
    History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: courage 
     
    Wealth is the means, and people are the ends. All our material riches will avail us little if we do not use them to expand the opportunities of our people.
    — 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
    Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: future  past  present  law 
     
    Truth is a tyrant-the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth  service 
     
    There are three things in life which are real: God, human folly and laughter. Since the first two are beyond our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: laughter  human  god 
     
    Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: enemies  freedom  growth  enemy 
     
    Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  speech 
     
    Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation', a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas
    — John F. Kennedy
    With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking his blessing and his help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
    — John F. Kennedy
    There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility.
    — John F. Kennedy
    ... the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: crimes 
     
    Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: fear 
     
    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
    tags: time  action 
     
    Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  courage 
     
    Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: liberty  learning 
     
    Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world.
    — John F. Kennedy
    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.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth  people  afraid 
     
    When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  computer 
     
    If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: live  world  politics  poetry  poet 
     
    Never let your fears hold you back from pursuing your hopes.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: fear  hope 
     
    No sane society chooses to commit national suicide.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: society  suicide 
     
    It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  world  civilization 
     
    No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth 
     
    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
    tags: men  right  race  american 
     
    The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  sell 
     
    A revolution is coming " a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough " but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.
    — John F. Kennedy
    But I think it is also important that we pay tribute and acknowledge another great principle, and that is the principle of religious conviction. Religious freedom has no significance unless it is accompanied by conviction.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: freedom  religious 
     
    We need men who can dream of things that never were.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  dreams 
     
    Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
    — John F. Kennedy
    We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time 
     
    And lastly, Chairman Khrushchev has compared the United States to a worn-out runner living on its past performance, and stated that the Soviet Union would out-produce the United States by 1970. Without wishing to trade hyperbole with the Chairman, I do suggest that he reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he his caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: living  past  ideas 
     
    There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow.
    — John F. Kennedy
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