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    john f. kennedy Quotes

    Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: respect  congress 
     
    Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
    — John F. Kennedy
    But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps-who works in a foreign land-will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I had always enjoyed the title of Commander-in-Chief until I was informed ... that the only forces that cannot be transferred from Washington without my express permission are the members of the Marine Corps Band. Those are the only forces I have. I want it announced that we propose to hold the White House against all odds at least for some time to come.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time 
     
    Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  live  pray 
     
    A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  live  die  ideas 
     
    Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: right 
     
    A full scale nuclear exchange, lasting less than 60 minutes...could wipe out more than 300 million Americans, Europeans, and Russians, as well as untold numbers elsewhere. And the survivors-as Chairman Khrushchev warned the Communist Chinese, `the survivors would envy the dead.' For they would inherit a world so devastated by explosions and poison and fire that today we cannot conceive of its horrors.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  horror  fire  envy  nuclear  american 
     
    Harvard gave me an education, but Junior Chamber gave me an education for life.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: education 
     
    The best road to progress is freedom's road.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: freedom  progress 
     
    The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  real  hope 
     
    We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversity, and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace  world  hate  strong  america  war  american 
     
    The life of the arts is far from an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose-and is a test of the quality of a nations' civilization.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The most effective means of upholding the law is not the State policeman or the marshals or the National Guard. It is you. It lies in your courage to accept those laws with which youdisagree as well as those with which you agree.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: lies  law  courage 
     
    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
    Show me a man with a great golf game, and I'll show you a man who has been neglecting something.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  golf  games 
     
    Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: work  freedom  sacrifice 
     
    I think the success of any school can be measured by the contribution the alumni make to our national life.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: school  success 
     
    when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do thesame.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: conscience  hope 
     
    We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us...No longer is the quest for disarmament a sign of weakness, (nor) the destruction of arms a dream - it is a practical matter of life or death. The risks inherent in disarmament pale in comparison to the risks inherent in an unlimited arms race.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: freedom  american 
     
    Libraries should be open to all - except the censor. [Response to questionnaire in Saturday Review, October 29 1960]
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: library  censor 
     
    probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  alone  talent  genius 
     
    We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: revolution 
     
    And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  freedom  america 
     
    The great free nations of the world must take control of our monetary problems if these problems are not to take control of us.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: world  control  problem 
     
    I strongly believe in Scouting. ... It's a source of great strength to us.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: believe  strength 
     
    Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrence to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system, and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963.
    — John F. Kennedy
    This is not a time to keep the facts from the people-to keep them complacent. To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public. For, as the poet Dante once said: 'The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  action  hell  facts  morals  poet 
     
    We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: live 
     
    Democracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: people  democracy 
     
    Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: power  war  communism 
     
    Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: believe  religious 
     
    Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: book  author 
     
    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
    tags: america  american 
     
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