John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
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If I don't have a woman every three days or so I get a terrible headache. John F Kennedy

Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgement. John F Kennedy

We must abolish nuclear weapons, or they will abolish us. John F Kennedy

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive. John F Kennedy

Nor problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. John F Kennedy

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. John F Kennedy

Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish. 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. 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

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

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it-and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. John F Kennedy

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. John F Kennedy

Our democracy must demonstrate that it is still prepared to contend patiently, as well as with insight and passion, for the cause of human freedom in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. John F Kennedy

Now, as never before, hundreds of millions of men and women - who had formerly believed that stoic resignation in the face of hunger and disease and darkness was the best one could could do - have come alive with a new sense that the means are at hand with which to make for themselves a better life. John F Kennedy

All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung - the iron lung of politics, and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe the same fresh air our constituents breathe. John F Kennedy

I wonder how it is with you, Harold? If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches. John F Kennedy

The quality and spirit of our own society must justify and support our efforts abroad. John F Kennedy

And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights-the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation-the right to breathe air as nature provided it-the right of future generations to a healthy existence? John F Kennedy

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard. John F Kennedy

To exclude from positions of trust and command all those below the age of 44 would have kept Jefferson from writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington from commanding the Continental Army, Madison from fathering the Constitution, Hamilton from serving as secretary of the treasury, Clay from being elected speaker of the House and Christopher Columbus from discovering America. 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

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

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

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F Kennedy

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us. John F Kennedy

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

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. 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

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. John F Kennedy

I'm an idealist without illusions. John F Kennedy

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

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

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

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

I think when we talk about corporal punishment, and we have to think about our own children, and we are rather reluctant, it seems to me, to have other people administering punishment to our own children, because we are reluctant, it puts a special obligation on us to maintain order and to send children out from our homes who accept the idea of discipline. So I would not be for corporal punishment in the school, but I would be for very strong discipline at home so we don't place an unfair burden on our teachers. John F Kennedy

I must say that though other days may not be so bright, as we look toward the future, that the brightest days will continue to be those we spent with you here in Ireland. John F Kennedy

This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. John F Kennedy

We are confronted primarily with a moral issue... whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. John F Kennedy

There is, of course, a legitimate argument for some limitation upon immigration. We no longer need settlers for virgin lands, and our economy is expanding more slowly than in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. John F Kennedy

I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end... where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice. John F Kennedy

In America there must be only citizens, not divided by grade, first and second, but citizens, east, west, north, and south. John F Kennedy

We shall be judged more by what we do at home than what we preach abroad. John F Kennedy

Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations. The protection of our rights can endure no longer than the performance of our responsibilities. John F Kennedy

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F Kennedy

Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars. John F Kennedy

Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of the people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance. John F Kennedy

Justice delayed is democracy denied. John F Kennedy

Wealth is the means, and people are the ends. All our material riches will avail us little if we do not use them to expand the opportunities of our people. John F Kennedy

Arms alone are not enough to keep the peace. It must be kept by men. John F Kennedy

The new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man. John F Kennedy

Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen. John F Kennedy

Sometimes party loyalty asks too much. John F Kennedy

The world has been close to war before-but now man, who has survived all previous threats to his existence, has taken into his mortal hands the power to exterminate the entire species some seven times over. John F Kennedy

I think the American people expect more from us than cries of indignation and attack. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high-to permit the customary passions of political debate. John F Kennedy

All over the world, particularly in the newer nations, young men are coming to power-men who are not bound by the traditions of the past-men who are not blinded by the old fears and hates and rivalries- young men who can cast off the old slogans and delusions and suspicions. John F Kennedy

But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured - perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in - for that should be important only to me - but what kind of America I believe in. John F Kennedy

I do not speak for my church on public matters; and the church does not speak for me. John F Kennedy

This is not a time to keep the facts from the people-to keep them complacent. To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public. For, as the poet Dante once said: 'The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. John F Kennedy

Divided, there is little we can do. Together, there is little we cannot do. John F Kennedy

It is time for a new generation of leadership. John F Kennedy

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. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed. John F Kennedy

I had always enjoyed the title of Commander-in-Chief until I was informed ... that the only forces that cannot be transferred from Washington without my express permission are the members of the Marine Corps Band. Those are the only forces I have. I want it announced that we propose to hold the White House against all odds at least for some time to come. John F Kennedy

The first man-made satellite to orbit the earth was named Sputnik. The first living creature in space was Laika. The first rocket to the Moon carried a red flag. The first photograph of the far side of the Moon was made with a Soviet camera. If a man orbits the earth this year his name will be Ivan. John F Kennedy

Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable .. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us. John F Kennedy

I think the success of any school can be measured by the contribution the alumni make to our national life. John F Kennedy

The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough - more than enough - of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on - not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace. John F Kennedy

And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us, recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state, our success or failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage... Second, were we truly men of judgment... Third, were we truly men of integrity... Finally, were we truly men of dedication?- John F Kennedy

What really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out - not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time. John F Kennedy

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

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. John F Kennedy



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