John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
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We celebrate the past to awaken the future. John F Kennedy

There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change. John F Kennedy

To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all. John F Kennedy

Life in freedom is not easy, and democracy is not perfect. 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. These libraries should be open to all - except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty. John F Kennedy

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

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. John F Kennedy

If my church attempted to influence me in a way which was improper or which affected adversely my responsibilities as a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, then I would reply to them that this was an improper action on their part. It was one to which I could not subscribe. John F Kennedy

When asked what I am most proud of, I stick out my chest, hold my head high and state proudly, 'I served in the United States Navy!' John F Kennedy

It takes two to make peace. John F Kennedy

In addition, the United States Delegation will suggest a series of steps to improve the United Nations machinery for the peaceful settlement of disputes... - for extending the rule of international law. For peace is not solely a matter of military or technical problems - it is primarily a problem of politics and people. John F Kennedy

Persons are judged to be great because of the positive qualities they possess, not because of the absence of faults. John F Kennedy

Democracy is the superior form of government, because it is based on a respect for man as a reasonable being. 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

It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite sides of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. John F Kennedy

We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence - on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day John F Kennedy

The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. John F Kennedy

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew- or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you - until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril. John F Kennedy

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. And if we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. John F Kennedy

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask; why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? John F Kennedy

No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. John F Kennedy

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the nation's greatness. But the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable for they determine whether we use power or power uses us. John F Kennedy

The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear. John F Kennedy

I have said that control of arms is a mission that we undertake particularly for our children and our grandchildren and that they have no lobby in Washington. John F Kennedy

Our deep spiritual confidence that this nation will survive the perils of today - which may well be with us for decades to come - compels us to invest in our nation's future, to consider and meet our obligations to our children and the numberless generations that will follow. John F Kennedy

When I ran for Presidency of the United States, I knew that this country faced serious challenges, but I could not realize - nor could any man realize who does not bear the burdens of this office - how heavy and constant would be those burdens John F Kennedy

If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches. John F Kennedy

Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts - including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state. John F Kennedy

At the start of 2005 the idea of downloading a song to a mobile phone was an idea, by the end of the year it was a reality. John F Kennedy

The Republican nominee-to-be, of course, is also a young man. But his approach is as old as McKinley. His party is the party of the past. His speeches are generalities from Poor Richard's Almanac. Their platform, made up of left-over Democratic planks, has the courage of our old convictions. Their pledge is a pledge to the status quo-and today there can be no status quo. John F Kennedy

Few nations do more than the United States to assist their least fortunate citizens-to make certain that no child, no elderly or handicapped citizen, no family in any circumstances in any State, is left without the essential needs for a decent and healthy existence. In too few nations, I might add, are the people aware of the progressive strides this country has taken in demonstrating the humanitarian side of freedom. Our record is a proud one-and it sharply refutes those who accuse us of thinking only in the materialistic terms of cash registers and calculating machines. John F Kennedy

If scientific discovery has not been an unalloyed blessing, if it has conferred on mankind the power not only to create but also to annihilate, it has at the same time provided humanity with a supreme challenge and a supreme testing John F Kennedy

Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. John F Kennedy

The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmonious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. And so did the most brilliant intelligence of our earliest days - Thomas Jefferson - when he said, not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise. If the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was Secretary of State, and twice President, could give it two hours, our children can give it ten or fifteen minutes. John F Kennedy

It is with great satisfaction that I have signed into law the Social Security Amendments of 1961. They represent an additional step toward eliminating many of the hardships resulting from old-age, disability, or the death of the family wage earner. . . . A Nation's strength lies in the well being of its people. The social security program plays an important part in providing for families, children, and older persons in time of stress, but it cannot remain static. Changes in our population, in our working habits, and in our standard of living require constant revision. John F Kennedy

Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality. John F Kennedy

A full scale nuclear exchange, lasting less than 60 minutes...could wipe out more than 300 million Americans, Europeans, and Russians, as well as untold numbers elsewhere. And the survivors-as Chairman Khrushchev warned the Communist Chinese, `the survivors would envy the dead.' For they would inherit a world so devastated by explosions and poison and fire that today we cannot conceive of its horrors. John F Kennedy

This country was founded by men and women who were dedicated or came to be dedicated to two propositions; first, a strong religious conviction, and secondly a recognition that this conviction could flourish only under a system of freedom. John F Kennedy

Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter. John F Kennedy

If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company. John F Kennedy

The most ideal approach to advance is the way of opportunity. John F Kennedy

We believe that if men have the talent to invent need machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work. John F Kennedy

For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal. John F Kennedy

First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the longrange exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. John F Kennedy

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

No man who witnessed the tragedies of the last war, no man who can imagine the unimaginable possibilities of the next war can advocate war out of irritability or frustration or impatience. John F Kennedy

The greater our knowledge increases the greater our ignorance unfolds. John F Kennedy

No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business. John F Kennedy

I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came John F Kennedy

There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live. John F Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F Kennedy

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

No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth. John F Kennedy

The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. John F Kennedy

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act. I do not speak for my church on public matters - and the church does not speak for me. John F Kennedy

I know my Republican friends were glad to see my wife feeding an elephant in India. She gave him sugar and nuts. But of course the elephant wasn't satisfied. John F Kennedy

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

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F Kennedy

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! John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

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. John F Kennedy

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

Bullfight critics row on row Fill the enormous Plaza de toros But only one is there who knows And he is the one who fights the bull. John F Kennedy

The problems with this world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need people who can dream of things that never were. John F Kennedy

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

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

Moral courage is more a rare commodity than bravery in a battle or great intelligence. John F Kennedy

There are no 'white' or 'coloured' signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle. John F Kennedy



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