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John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
35th president of US 1961-1963 [more author details]
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The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
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John F. Kennedy
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
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John F. Kennedy
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
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John F. Kennedy
The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'
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John F. Kennedy
The stories of past courage can define that ingredient-they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.
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John F. Kennedy
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
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John F. Kennedy
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
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John F. Kennedy
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
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John F. Kennedy
We believe that if men have the talent to invent need machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.
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John F. Kennedy
We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now.
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John F. Kennedy
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
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John F. Kennedy
We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.
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John F. Kennedy
We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.
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John F. Kennedy
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were.
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John F. Kennedy
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nationís greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
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John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.
Before my term has ended, we shall have to test anew whether a nation organized and governed such as ours can endure. The outcome is by no means certain.
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John F. Kennedy, Annual message to Congress on the State of the Union, January 30, 1961
...probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.
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John F. Kennedy, Describing a dinner for Nobel Prize winners, 1962
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
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John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
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John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961
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