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John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
35th president of US 1961-1963 [more author details]
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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
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
Now the trumpet summons us againónot as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we areóbut a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"óa struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
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John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963
Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process.
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John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage, 1956
This nation was founded by many 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.
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John F. Kennedy, Radio and television report to the American people in civil rights, June 11, 1963
I look foreword to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
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John F. Kennedy, Remarks upon receiving an honorary degree, Amherst College, October 26, 1963
I look forward to an america in which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world in which we will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963
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