John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
Total Quotes: 947


One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free- -but one-third is the victim of cruel repression-and the other one- third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations than by the fission of the atom itself. John F Kennedy

Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies-and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America-in the payola mentality, the expense account way of life, the confusion between what is legal and what is right. John F Kennedy

A technological revolution on the farm has led to an output explosion-but we have not yet learned to harness that explosion usefully, while protecting our farmers' right to full parity income John F Kennedy

I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. Whatever advantages it might have in Rome - and I'm not convinced of these - they would be more than offset by the divisive effect at home. John F Kennedy

An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits John F Kennedy

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

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. John F Kennedy

So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. John F Kennedy

There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. John F Kennedy

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish ... where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all. John F Kennedy

Someone always needs rescuing, yet there's only one person who ever seems to understand you. It's a lot like being Lassie. John F Kennedy

There is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it successful. John F Kennedy

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 reward that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten. John F Kennedy

I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world. John F Kennedy

We've spent half the expenditures, we've wrecked our budget on all these other domestic programs, and the only justification for it, in my opinion, to do it in the pell-mell fashion is because we hope to beat them and demonstrate that starting behind them, as we did by a couple of years, by God, we passed them. I think it would be a helluva thing for us. John F Kennedy

American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive,always growing, always unfinished. John F Kennedy

Ask not that the journey be easy; ask instead that it be worth it. John F Kennedy

No one gains from fair employment law and legislation if there is no employment to be had. John F Kennedy

I am fully aware of the fact that the Democratic Party, by nominating someone of my faith, has taken on what many regard as a new and hazardous risk. John F Kennedy

A tired nation, said David Lloyd George, is a Tory nation, and the United States today cannot afford to be either tired or Tory. John F Kennedy

Real men stay faithful. They don't have time to look for other women because they're too busy looking for new ways to love their own. John F Kennedy

There are those who regard this history of past strife and exile as better forgotten. But, to use the phrase of Yeats, let us not casually reduce "that great past to a trouble of fools." For we need not feel the bitterness of the past to discover its meaning for the present and the future. John F Kennedy

While we shall never weary in the defense of freedom, neither shall we ever abandon the pursuit of peace. John F Kennedy

Is this Nation stating it cannot afford to spend an additional $600 million to help the developing nations of the world become strong and free and independent amount less than this country's annual outlay for lipstick, face cream, and chewing gum? John F Kennedy

This increase in the life span and in the number of our senior citizens presents this Nation with increased opportunities: the opportunity to draw upon their skill and sagacity and the opportunity to provide the respect and recognition they have earned. It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years to life - our objective must also be to add new life to those years. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

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 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. John F Kennedy

I was born an American, I live like an American, I will die an American. John F Kennedy

Self-government requires qualities of self-denial and restraint. John F Kennedy

The Family of Man is more than three billion strong. It lives in more than one hundred nations. Most of its members are not white. Most of them are not Christians. Most of them know nothing about free enterprise, or due process of law or the Australian ballot. John F Kennedy

The time is not far off when many nations in many parts of the world of many political shades and commitments will possess nuclear or even thermonuclear weapons. John F Kennedy

I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as a self-governing people to hear everything relevant. John F Kennedy

The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world. John F Kennedy

Expansion and modernization of the nation's productive plant is essential to accelerate economic growth and to improve the international competitive position of American industry An early stimulus to business investment will promote recovery and increase employment. John F Kennedy

We must start now to provide additional stimulus to the modernization of American industrial plants I shall propose to the Congress a new tax incentive for businesses to expand their normal investment in plant and equipment. John F Kennedy

So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. John F Kennedy

And with privilege goes responsibility. John F Kennedy

If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. John F Kennedy

It is for these reasons that I believe we must expand day-care centers and provide other assistance which I have recommended to the Congress. At present, the total facilities of all the licensed day-care centers in the Nation can take care of only 185,000 children. Nearly 500,000 children under 12 must take care of themselves while their mothers work. This, it seems to me, is a formula for disaster. John F Kennedy

A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war. John F Kennedy

Compromise does not mean cowardice. John F Kennedy

... the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space. John F Kennedy

Last year, more Americans went to symphonies than went to baseball games. This may be viewed as an alarming statistic, but I think that both baseball and the country will endure. John F Kennedy

Each success brings with it the potential of failure and each failure brings with it the potential of success. John F Kennedy

Nuclear weapons are so destructive and ballistic missiles are so swift, that any substantially increased possibility of their use or any sudden change in their deployment may well be regarded as a definite threat to peace. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

In our democracy every young person should have an equal opportunity to obtain a higher education, regardless of his station in life or financial means. John F Kennedy

Change is the law of life. John F Kennedy

The leadership of the American Legion has not had a constructive thought for the benefit of this country since 1918. John F Kennedy

It's only when they join together in a forward movement that this country moves ahead... John F Kennedy

We have become more and more not a nation of athletes but a nation of spectators. John F Kennedy

We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them. John F Kennedy

But 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. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. John F Kennedy

I do ask every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation to reexamine his own standards, and to recognize the nature of our country's peril. In time of war, the government and the press have customarily joined in an effort based largely on self-discipline, to prevent unauthorized disclosures to the enemy. In time of "clear and present danger," the courts have held that even the privileged rights of the First Amendment must yield to the public's need for national security. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

There's a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman, and child. Before I leave this high and noble office, I intend to expose this plot. John F Kennedy

We had a dog who was named Pushinka, who was given to my father by a Soviet official. And we trained that dog to slide down the slide we had in the back of the White House. Sliding the dog down that slide is probably my first memory. John F Kennedy

But if the life will not be easy, it will be rich and satisfying. For every young American who participates in the Peace Corps-who works in a foreign land-will know that he or she is sharing in the great common task of bringing to man that decent way of life which is the foundation of freedom and a condition of peace. John F Kennedy

We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve. John F Kennedy

Bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations. Weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us...No longer is the quest for disarmament a sign of weakness, (nor) the destruction of arms a dream - it is a practical matter of life or death. The risks inherent in disarmament pale in comparison to the risks inherent in an unlimited arms race. John F Kennedy

A committee is twelve men doing the work of one. John F Kennedy

If you face a man's job, find a woman! John F Kennedy

Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was civis Romanus sum. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is Ich bin ein Berliner. 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! John F Kennedy

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain. John F Kennedy

We are prepared to discuss a detente affecting NATO and the Warsaw pact. John F Kennedy

We don't see the end of the tunnel, but I must say I don't think it is darker than it was a year ago, and in some ways lighter. John F Kennedy

Any danger spot is tenable if men - brave men - will make it so. John F Kennedy

Any system of government will work when everything is going well. It's the system that functions in the pinches that survives. John F Kennedy



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