John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F Kennedy

Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right - not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. John F Kennedy

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. John F Kennedy

Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last. John F Kennedy

As they say on my own Cape Cod, a rising tide lifts all the boats. And a partnership, by definition, serves both partners, without domination or unfair advantage. Together we have been partners in adversity - let us also be partners in prosperity. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

The definition of happiness of the Greeks... is full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, the Presidency provides some happiness. John F Kennedy

I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment's guarantees of religious liberty ... Neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test - even by indirection. John F Kennedy

Only in the case of the Negro has the melting pot failed to bring a minority into the full stream of American life. John F Kennedy

Lofty words cannot construct an alliance or maintain it; only concrete deeds can do that. John F Kennedy

The function and responsibility of the President is to set before the American people the unfinished business, the things we must do if we are going to succeed as a nation. John F Kennedy

Where else, in a non-totalitarian country, but in the political profession is the individual expected to sacrifice all-including his own career-for the national good? John F Kennedy

No sane society chooses to commit national suicide. John F Kennedy

I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation. John F Kennedy

Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an increased - not a reduced - flow of revenues to the federal government. John F Kennedy

A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. John F Kennedy

A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget....As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance. John F Kennedy

We believe that when men reach beyond this planet, they should leave their national differences behind them. John F Kennedy

While there are many who would say that the race to the moon was hardly green, many others have noted that the photographs brought back from Apollo 8 created the environmental movement. "They fuelled an awareness of the vulnerability of the Earth which still resonates with us today and shapes our behaviour." It was Kennedy who started it all with his pledge: John F Kennedy

As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness. John F Kennedy

Now is the time...for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth. John F Kennedy

Since the time of the ancient Greeks, we have felt that there was a close relationship between a strong vital mind and physical fitness. John F Kennedy

Events of October 1962 indicated, as they had all through history, that control of the sea means security. Control of the seas can mean peace. Control of the seas can mean victory. The United States must control the seas if it is to protect your security.... John F Kennedy

If you look throughout human history ... the central epiphany of every religious tradition always occurs in the wilderness. John F Kennedy

There is no city in the United States in which I can get a warmer welcome and fewer votes than Columbia, Ohio. John F Kennedy

Je me sens vraiment entre amis. (I feel that I am truly among friends.) John F Kennedy

My fellow Americans, let us take that first step. Let us...step back from the shadow of war and seek out the way of peace. And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, at this time, took the first step. John F Kennedy

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. John F Kennedy

If the economy of today were operating close to capacity levels with little unemployment, or if a sudden change in our military requirements should cause a scramble for men and resources, then I would oppose tax reductions as irresponsible and inflationary; and I would not hesitate to recommend a tax increase if that were necessary. John F Kennedy

Now let me make it clear that I believe there can only be one defense policy for the United States and that is summed up in the word 'first.' I do not mean first, but. I do not mean first, when. I do not mean first, if. I mean first -period. John F Kennedy

For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation. John F Kennedy

I have seen in many places housing which has been developed under government influences, but I have never seen any projects in which governments have played their part which have fountains and statues and grass and trees, which are as important to the concept of the home as the roof itself. John F Kennedy

Just as I went into politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him. John F Kennedy

If all of you had voted the other way - there's about 5500 of you here tonight - I would not be the President of the United States. John F Kennedy

Harry Truman once said, 'There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it.' John F Kennedy

'O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.' John F Kennedy

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future. John F Kennedy

We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock. John F Kennedy

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. John F Kennedy

Philanthropy, charity, giving voluntarily and freely... call it what you like, but it is truly a jewel of an American tradition. John F Kennedy

I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children - not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women - not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. John F Kennedy

Peace is a process, a way of solving problems John F Kennedy

Of all the multitudes who throughout history have spoken for human dignity in times of great suffering and loss, no voice is more compelling than that of Anne Frank. 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. John F Kennedy

Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgement. The artist... faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an offensive state. John F Kennedy

Foreign aid is a method by which the United States maintains a position of influence and control around the world John F Kennedy

The world was not meant to be a prison in which man awaits his execution. John F Kennedy

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us. John F Kennedy

Hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future. John F Kennedy

The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day. John F Kennedy

The only significance of analyzing the past is that it does give us some key to the future. John F Kennedy

One of the best ways to expand his horizon is through a regular reading program. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now. John F Kennedy

We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained. John F Kennedy

I look foreword to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty. John F Kennedy

For those to whom much is given, much is required. 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.... Secondly, were we truly men of judgment.... Third, were we truly men of integrity.... Finally, were we truly men of dedication. John F Kennedy

Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope, and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. John F Kennedy

Let us make clear that we will never turn our back on our steadfast friends in Israel, whose adherence to the democratic way must be admired by all friends of freedom. John F Kennedy

There is nothing, I think, more unfortunate than to have soft, chubby, fat-looking children who go to watch their school play basketball every Saturday and regard that as their week's exercise. John F Kennedy

Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. John F Kennedy


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 art-this is one of the fascinating challenges of these days. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

Communism has sometimes succeeded as a scavenger, but never as a leader. It has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. John F Kennedy

It really is true that foreign affairs is the only important issue for a president to handle, isn't?... I mean, Who gives a shit if the minimum wage is $1.15 or $1.25 in comparison to something like this? John F Kennedy

For a city or a people to be truly free they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choice and to live their own lives. John F Kennedy

We have had our failures, but so have others, even if they do not admit them. And they may be less public. John F Kennedy

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