John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F Kennedy

If not us, who? If not now, when? John F Kennedy

Politics is a jungle-torn between doing the right thing and staying in office. John F Kennedy

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution. John F Kennedy

We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others. John F Kennedy

Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes - one for peace and one for science. John F Kennedy

It is true that my predecessor did not object, as I do, to pictures of one's golf skill in action. But neither, on the other hand, did he ever bean a Secret Serviceman. John F Kennedy

By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' 'the security of the nation,' and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy... The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important. John F Kennedy

You have, at the same time, placed your confidence in me, and in my ability to render a free, fair judgment-to uphold the Constitution and my oath of office-and to reject any kind of religious pressure or obligation that might directly or indirectly interfere with my conduct of the Presidency in the national interest. John F Kennedy

I believe the American people are more concerned with a man's views and abilities than with the church to which he belongs. I believe the founding fathers meant it when they provided in Article VI of the Constitution that there should be no religious test for public office. And I believe that the American people mean to adhere to those principles today. John F Kennedy

The only reason to give a speech is to change the world. John F Kennedy

Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake. John F Kennedy

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 the same. John F Kennedy

I see little more important to the future of our country and our civilization than the full recognition of the place of the artist. John F Kennedy

Civility is not a sign of weakness. John F Kennedy

And if we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example. The President himself must set the key example. I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them. John F Kennedy

I ask that you offer to the political arena, and to the critical problems of our society which are decided therein, the benefit of the talents which society has helped to develop in you. I ask you to decide, as Goethe put it, whether you will be an anvilor a hammer. The question is whether you are to be a hammerwhether you are to give to the world in which you were reared and educated the broadest possible benefits of that education. John F Kennedy

You know nothing for sure...except the fact that you know nothing for sure. John F Kennedy

While much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity-for the average woman worker earns only 60 percent of the average wage for men-this legislation is a significant step forward. John F Kennedy

Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and were going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. John F Kennedy

We in this country, in this generation, areby destiny rather than choicethe watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, good will toward men. That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us. John F Kennedy

Student loans have been helpful to many. But they offer neither incentive nor assistance to those students who, by reason of family or other obligations, are unable or unwilling to go deeper into debt. ... It is, moreover, only prudent economic and social policy for the public to share part of the costs of the long period of higher education for those whose development is essential to our national economic and social well-being. All of us share in the benefits - all should share in the costs. John F Kennedy

Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort. John F Kennedy

A rising tide (in the economy) lifts all boats. John F Kennedy

The very word Secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. John F Kennedy

We in this country, in this generation, are, by destiny rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. John F Kennedy

Be aware of danger-but recognize the opportunity John F Kennedy

It is not our wealth that built our roads, but it is our roads that built our wealth. 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

There are only two realities in life: death and laughter. We can do nothing to change the former, so we might as well do all we can to save the latter. John F Kennedy

Democracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in. John F Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. John F Kennedy

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

Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded, and some men never leave the country, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair. John F Kennedy

Geography has made us [America and Canada] neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. John F Kennedy

Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. John F Kennedy

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

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. John F Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone. John F Kennedy

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality. John F Kennedy

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

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

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

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

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. John F Kennedy

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

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

Our practical choice is not between a tax-cut deficit and a budgetary surplus. It is between two kinds of deficits: a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted result of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy; or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, increase tax revenues, and achieve - and I believe this can be done - a budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness; the second reflects an investment in the future. John F Kennedy

To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public. John F Kennedy

So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it. John F Kennedy

The poet and the politician have this in common: their greatness depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of life. John F Kennedy

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. John F Kennedy

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

Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. John F Kennedy

I love Dallas. The people there are so friendly. John F Kennedy

National parks and reserves are an integral aspect of intelligent use of natural resources. It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of the earth as we know it today. John F Kennedy

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, whatever their continent, their class, their color. John F Kennedy

If there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity. 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 you disagree as well as those with which you agree. John F Kennedy

When things don't go well they like to blame presidents; and that's something that presidents are paid for. John F Kennedy

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

I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin - where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases - and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman. John F Kennedy

That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believe - a great office that must neither be humbled by making it the instrument of any one religious group nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. 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

We must live our lives in such a way that our children, and their children after them, will form a natural and lasting commitment to the vigorous life. Only in this way can we be assured that the spirit and strength of America will be constantly replenished.. John F Kennedy

In that case, there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon! John F Kennedy



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