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  1. Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.


  2. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


  3. Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.


  4. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.




  5. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.


  6. Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.


  7. Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.


  8. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.


  9. One person can make a difference and everyone should try.


  10. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.


  11. When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

    • wisdom

  12. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.


  13. ... ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.


  14. 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.


  15. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.


  16. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds.


  17. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shinning.


  18. This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.


  19. The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.


  20. Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.


  21. Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life.


  22. A child miseducated is a child lost.


  23. Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.

    • fear

  24. We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.


  25. No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.


  26. 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.


  27. We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.


  28. Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


  29. The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.


  30. The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.




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    One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.


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    When written in Chinese the word "Crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.


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What are the best life quotes by John F. Kennedy?


    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.


    Life is unfair.


    There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.


    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.


    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.


    To those peoples in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is requirednot because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.


    The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

    • life

    There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life

    • life

    I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.

    • technology

    A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.


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    We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.


    If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.


    For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

    • future

    We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.


    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

    • patriotism

    The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.

    • war

    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.


    There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!


    The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.


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What are the best politics quotes by John F. Kennedy?


    Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


    Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint -- Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative, or moderate. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems that we now face are technical problems, are administrative problems. They are very sophisticated judgments, which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past. They deal with questions which are now beyond the comprehension of most men.


    Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.

    • politics

    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.

    • politics

    My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -- he promised Dad he'd go straight.

    • politics

    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.


    Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

    • politics

    Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.


    In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.

    • politics

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    We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.

    • age

    Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

    • education

    In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.


    A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

    • fear

    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, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

    • patriotism

    A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.

    • brought

    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.


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What are the best freedom quotes by John F. Kennedy?


    The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

    • freedom

    We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.


    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

    • patriotism

    The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

    • freedom

    The best road to progress is freedom's road.

    • best

    Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.


    The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.


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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

  • gratitude

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.


It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.


Theres an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan.




According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.


Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.


Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.


Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

  • defeat

I know there is a God--and I see a storm coming; if He has a place for me, I believe that I am ready.


I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.


In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.

  • effort

The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.

  • voting

The New Frontier I speak of is not a set of promises -- it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intent to ask of them.


We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!


History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.


We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.

  • age

The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.


Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.


Life is unfair.

  • life

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.


If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

  • variety

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.


Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. this is not the case.

  • america

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

  • adopt

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

  • education

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.

  • country

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

  • peace

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

  • future

All my life Ive known better than to depend on the experts. How could I have been so stupid, to let them go ahead?


Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

  • civic-duty

For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.


The basis of effective government if public confidence.


A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

  • fear

It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds: a Harvard education and a Yale degree.


Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.


When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.


True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.


We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

  • best

You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.


The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.


History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

  • history

A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.


In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

  • entire

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violen trevolution inevitable.


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.


A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.


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, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. 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.

  • america

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

  • exercise

I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.


All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.


The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.


The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.

  • wisdom

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

  • patriotism

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.

  • war

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.


I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.


We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.


Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.

  • change

We hold the view that the people make the best judgment in the long run.

  • people

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.


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, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

  • patriotism

In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.


Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.


In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.


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.

  • anyone

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.


Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.


Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.


I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.


I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.


And we must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent or omniscientthat we are only 6 percent of the worlds populationthat we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankindthat we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversityand that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem.


Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer concern the Great Powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by wind and water and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war--or war will put an end to mankind.

  • war

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -- he promised Dad he'd go straight.

  • politics

I am deeply touchednot as deeply touched as you have been coming to this dinner, but nevertheless it is a sentimental occasion.


The great battleground for the defense and expansion of freedom today is the whole southern half of the globe... the lands of the rising peoples. Their revolution is the greatest in human history. They seek an end to injustice, tyranny and exploitation. More than an end, they seek a beginning.


I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

  • patriotism

Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.

  • politics

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for youask 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.


To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required, not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.


There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life

  • life

I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.


There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!

  • berlin

In its knowledges light, we must think and act not only for the moment but for our time. I am reminded of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.


There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.


You can milk a cow the wrong way once and still be a farmer, but vote the wrong way on a water tower and you can be in trouble.

  • voting

We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.


I'm an idealist without illusions.


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.

  • education

I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

  • art

We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will talk sense to the American people. But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense. And the notion that this Nation is headed for defeat through deficit, or that strength is but a matter of slogans, is nothing but just plain nonsense.


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.


Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.


Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.


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 for our nation.

  • education

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

  • life

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--diliberate, contrived, and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

  • truth

Why should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure?


This Nation was founded by 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.


The day before my inauguration President Eisenhower told me, You'll find that no easy problems ever come to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them. I found that hard to believe, but now I know it is true.


The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. -


When power leads man towards 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.


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.

  • believe

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity.


To further the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all the processes and fulfillments of artthis is one of the fascinating challenges of these days.


All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"

  • berlin

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

  • cynics

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.

  • active

Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.

  • anyone

Well, I am reading more and enjoying it lesslaughterand so on, but I have not complained nor do I plan to make any general complaints. I read and talk to myself about it, but I dont plan to issue any general statement on the press. I think that they are doing their task, as a critical branch, the fourth estate. And I am attempting to do mine. And we are going to live together for a period, and then go our separate ways. Laughter.


Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

  • city

Most of us are conditioned for many years to have a political viewpoint -- Republican or Democratic, liberal, conservative, or moderate. The fact of the matter is that most of the problems that we now face are technical problems, are administrative problems. They are very sophisticated judgments, which do not lend themselves to the great sort of passionate movements which have stirred this country so often in the past. They deal with questions which are now beyond the comprehension of most men.

  • politics

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.


The human mind is our fundamental resource.


But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.

  • peace

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

  • art

I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.


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