John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
Total Quotes: 947


This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents. We cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can't have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go in the street and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that. John F Kennedy

Aeschylus and Plato are remembered today long after the triumphs of Imperial Athens are gone. Dante outlived the ambitions of thirteenth century Florence. Goethe stands serenely above the politics of Germany, and I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. John F Kennedy

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent. John F Kennedy

If at times our actions seem to make life difficult for others, it is only because history has made life difficult for us all. John F Kennedy

If a beach-head of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved. All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. John F Kennedy

Courage-judgment-integrity-dedication-these are the historic qualities of the Bay Colony and the Bay State....And these are the qualities which, with God's help, this son of Massachusetts hopes will characterize our government's conduct in the four stormy years that lie ahead. John F Kennedy

... the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. John F Kennedy

Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside John F Kennedy

When I was growing up I had three wishes. I wanted to be a Lindbergh-type hero, learn Chinese, and become a member of The Algonquin Round Table. John F Kennedy

Never let your fears hold you back from pursuing your hopes. John F Kennedy

In a world of danger and trial, peace is our deepest aspiration. John F Kennedy

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner! John F Kennedy

My call is not to those who believe they belong to the past. My call is to those who believe in the future. John F Kennedy

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention and the first wave of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be part of it-we mean to lead it. John F Kennedy

I strongly believe in Scouting. ... It's a source of great strength to us. John F Kennedy

Harvard gave me an education, but Junior Chamber gave me an education for life. John F Kennedy

Success has many fathers. John F Kennedy

We don't want to be like the leader in the French Revolution who said There go my people, I must find out where they are going so I can lead them. John F Kennedy

Show me a man with a great golf game, and I"ll show you a man who has been neglecting something. John F Kennedy

A boy spends his time finding a girl to sleep with. A real man spends his time looking for the one worth waking up to. John F Kennedy

But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future. John F Kennedy

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation. John F Kennedy

Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency. John F Kennedy

Well, I am reading more and enjoying it less laughter and so on, but I have not complained nor do I plan to make any general complaints. I read and talk to myself about it, but I don't plan to issue any general statement on the press. I think that they are doing their task, as a critical branch, the fourth estate. And I am attempting to do mine. And we are going to live together for a period, and then go our separate ways. Laughter. John F Kennedy

And so it is that I carry with me from this State to that high and lonely office to which I now succeed more than fond memories and fast friendships. The enduring qualities of Massachusetts - the common threads woven by the Pilgrim and the Puritan, the fisherman and the farmer, the Yankee and the immigrant - will not be and could not be forgotten in the Nations Executive Mansion. They are an indelible part of my life, my convictions, my view of the past, my hopes for the future. John F Kennedy

Don't teach my boy poetry, an English mother recently wrote the Provost of Harrow. Don't teach my boy poetry; he is going to stand for Parliament. Well, perhaps she was right but if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live on this Commencement Day of 1956. John F Kennedy

The New Frontier I speak of is not a set of promises - it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intent to ask of them. John F Kennedy

Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is also true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. John F Kennedy

In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside. John F Kennedy

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

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. John F Kennedy

Race has no place in American life or law. John F Kennedy

Failure has no friends. John F Kennedy

Some of my colleagues who are criticized today for lack of forthright principles-or who are looked upon with scorn as compromising "politicians"-are simply engaged in the fine art of conciliating, balancing and interpreting the forces and factions of public opinion, an art essential to keeping our nation united and enabling our Government to function. John F Kennedy

Whatever the political affiliation of our next President, whatever his views may be on all the issues and problems that rush in upon us, he must above all be the chief executive in every sense of the word. John F Kennedy

The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery. John F Kennedy

It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus. John F Kennedy

I have asked the secretary of the treasury to report by April 1 on whether present tax laws may be stimulating in undue amounts the flow of American capital to the industrial countries abroad through special preferential treatment. John F Kennedy

I am glad that Congress has recently authorized $800,000 to State welfare agencies to expand their day-care services during the remainder of this fiscal year. But we need much more. We need the $8 million in the 1965 budget for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare allocated to this purpose. John F Kennedy

I am grateful to those Members of Congress who worked so diligently to guide the Equal Pay Act through. It is a first step. It affirms our determination that when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes. John F Kennedy

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

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

I dont think that unless a greater effort is made by the Government to win popular support that the war can be won out there. In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it, the people of Viet-Nam, against the Communists. John F Kennedy

Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it. John F Kennedy

We must formulate, with both imagination and restraint, a new approach to the Middle East - not pressing our case so hard that the Arabs feel their neutrality and nationalism are threatened ... while at the same time trying to hasten the inevitable Arab acceptance of the permanence of Israel ... We must ... seek a permanent settlement among Arabs and Israelis based not on an armed truce but on mutual self-interest. John F Kennedy

But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone. John F Kennedy

I ask particularly that those of you who are now in school will prepare yourselves to bear the burden of leadership over the next 40 years here in the United States, and make sure that the United States - which I believe almost alone has maintained watch and ward for freedom - that the United States meet its responsibility. That is a wonderful challenge for us as a people. John F Kennedy

The basis of effective government is public confidence, and that confidence is endangered when ethical standards falter or appear to falter. John F Kennedy

Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired. John F Kennedy

The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space. John F Kennedy

One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free. John F Kennedy

I'm 43 years old and I'm the healthiest candidate for the Presidency of the United States. You've travelled with me enough to know that I'm not going to die in office. John F Kennedy

While they came from a variety of religious backgrounds and held a wide variety of religious beliefs, each of our presidents in his own way has placed a special trust in God. John F Kennedy

No man who enters upon the office to which I have succeeded can fail to recognize how every president of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God. John F Kennedy

Life isn't fair. In never was and never will be. John F Kennedy

The best way to progress is the path of freedom. John F Kennedy

Unless liberty flourishes in all lands, it cannot flourish in one. John F Kennedy

Democracy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone will fail. John F Kennedy

We stand today on the edge of a new frontier- the frontier of the Nineteen Sixties-the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils- the frontier of unfulfilled hopes and unfilled threats.... The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises-it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer to the American people, but what I intend to ask of them. John F Kennedy

To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge-to convert our good words into good deeds-in a new alliance for progress-to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. John F Kennedy

Every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case. John F Kennedy

In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience - the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men - each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. John F Kennedy

The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor capitalism, neither the H- bomb nor the guided missile - it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent. John F Kennedy

Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but, according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, they do not want them to become politicians in the process. John F Kennedy

The voters selected us, in short, because they had confidence in our judgement and our ability to excercise that judgement from a position where we could determine what were their own best interest, as a part of the nation's interest. John F Kennedy

I want to drink a cup of tea to all those Kennedys who went and all those Kennedys who stayed. John F Kennedy

Chronic disputes which divert precious resources from the needs of the people or drain the energies of both sides serve the interests of no one-and the badge of responsibility in the modern world is a willingness to seek peaceful solutions. John F Kennedy

The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain. John F Kennedy

I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds. John F Kennedy

Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great. John F Kennedy



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