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    john f. kennedy Quotes

    No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition and both are necessary.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. Our requirements for world leadership, our hopes for economic growth, and the demands of citizenship itself in an era such as this all require the maximum development of every young American's capacity. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Events of October 1962 indicated, as they had all through history, that control of the sea means security. Control of the seas can mean peace. Control of the seas can mean victory. The United States must control the seas if it is to protect your security....
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: peace  control  victory 
     
    The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: recovery 
     
    It's only when they join together in a forward movement that this country moves ahead...
    — John F. Kennedy
    My fellow Americans, let us take that first step. Let us...step back from the shadow of war and seek out the way of peace. And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, at this time, took the first step.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  peace  journey  war  american 
     
    American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive,always growing, always unfinished.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: american 
     
    It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth  achieve  tax 
     
    We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: neglect 
     
    Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.
    — John F. Kennedy
    It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights-even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: right  american 
     
    When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: bad  saying 
     
    But colonialism in its harshest forms is not only the exploitation of new nations by old, of dark skins by light, or the subjugation of the poor by the rich. My Nation was once a colony,and we know what colonialism means; the exploitation and subjugation of the weak by the powerful, of the many by the few, of the governed who have given no consent to be governed, whatevertheir continent, their class, their color.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: dark  powerful  poor 
     
    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.
    — John F. Kennedy
    A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  honor 
     
    In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.
    — John F. Kennedy
    If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: crazy 
     
    Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  peace  friends  war  american 
     
    First I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  believe  moon  goal 
     
    All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days . . .nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
    — John F. Kennedy
    The pay is good and I can walk to work.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: work 
     
    Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: charm 
     
    Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: politics 
     
    Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  human  problem 
     
    Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.
    — John F. Kennedy
    We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: truth 
     
    The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  reality 
     
    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.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: human  alone  talent 
     
    The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardner objected that the tree was slow growing and wouldn't reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, "In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: time  maturity  year 
     
    The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile - it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: encourage  star  wonder  ocean 
     
    When power corrupts, poetry cleanses
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: power  poetry  corrupt 
     
    It was involuntary. They sank my boat.
    — John F. Kennedy
    I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: men  believe  earth  mankind  space  moon  goal 
     
    You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: facts 
     
    There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts.
    — John F. Kennedy
    Certain other societies may respect the rule of force-we respect the rule of law.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: society  respect  law  rules 
     
    Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased - not a reduced - flow of revenues to the federal government.
    — John F. Kennedy
    There is too little public recognition of how much we all depend upon farmers as stewards of our soil, water and wildlife resources.
    — John F. Kennedy
    tags: water 
     
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