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    john f. kennedy Quotes

    I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  right 
     
    We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.
    — John F. Kennedy
    There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: action  risk 
     
    The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: mankind  hunger  war 
     
    If I don't have a woman every three days or so I get a terrible headache.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: women 
     
    Justice delayed is democracy denied.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: justice  democracy 
     
    If not us, who? If not now, when?
    — John F. Kennedy
    So long as freedom from hunger is only half achieved, so long as two thirds of the nations have food deficits, no citizen, no nation can afford to be satisfied. We have the ability, as members of the human race, we have the means, we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth in our lifetime. We only need the will.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: freedom  food  human  earth  hunger  race 
     
    The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  right  god 
     
    Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  poverty  power  world  human 
     
    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.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: key  body  healthy  creative 
     
    For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: true  success 
     
    The stories of past courage... can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  past  soul  stories  courage  hope 
     
    Our national conservation effort must include the complete spectrum of resources: air, water, and land; fuels, energy, and minerals; soils, forests, and forage; fish and wildlife. Together they make up the world of nature which surrounds us- of the American heritage.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: nature  world  energy  water  american 
     
    There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
    — John F. Kennedy
    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
    Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace  process  opinion 
     
    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.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I ask particularly that those of you who are now in school will prepare yourselves to bear the burden of leadership over the next 40 years here in the United States, and make sure that the United States - which I believe almost alone has maintained watch and ward for freedom - that the United States meet its responsibility. That is a wonderful challenge for us as a people.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  freedom 
     
    Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: justice  democracy 
     
    The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: nature  american 
     
    Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
    — John F. Kennedy
    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
    The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  future  world  energy 
     
    We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  work  believe  talent  machine  invent 
     
    Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: process  mother  son 
     
    Aeschylus and Plato are remembered today long after the triumphs of Imperial Athens are gone. Dante outlived the ambitions of thirteenth century Florence. Goethe stands serenely above the politics of Germany, and I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
    — John F. Kennedy
    We can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: children  fate  child  neglect  victim 
     
    War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: war 
     
    And with privilege goes responsibility.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: children  right  talent  child 
     
    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
    We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Race has no place in American life or law.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: law  race  american 
     
    A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: women  politics 
     
    Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right - not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace  freedom  world  right  victory  god  hope  goal 
     
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