John F Kennedy Quotes & Wallpapers

John F Kennedy
Total Quotes: 947


The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmounious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. John F Kennedy

Here on earth, God's work must surely be our own. John F Kennedy

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in. John F Kennedy

If we fail to encourage physical development and prowess, we will undermine our capcity for thought, for work, and for use of those skills vital to an expanding and complex America. John F Kennedy

This knowledge, the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for all of the activities of the nation, is as old as Western civilization itself. But it is a knowledge which today, in America, we are in danger of forgetting. John F Kennedy

The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth. John F Kennedy

When power corrupts, poetry cleanses John F Kennedy

The stories of past courage... 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

In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power. John F Kennedy

We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty... All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin... And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. John F Kennedy

A life of complete leisure is the hardest work of all. John F Kennedy

I was never accepted into certain parts of New England society because my grandfather was an Irish barkeep. John F Kennedy

Every president has taken comfort and courage when told...that the Lord "will be with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Fear not-neither be thou dismayed." John F Kennedy

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

[On the Bay of Pigs disaster:] There's an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan. John F Kennedy

A rising tide lifts all the boats. 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, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. John F Kennedy

Our nation is founded on the principle that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny. John F Kennedy

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word crisis. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity. John F Kennedy

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

I was assured by every son of a bitch I checked with - all the military experts and the CIA - that the plan would succeed. 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

The strength of the alliance on which our security depends is dependent in turn on our willingness to meet our commitments to them. John F Kennedy

And as Americans know from our history on our own old frontier, gun battles are caused by outlaws, and not by officers of the peace. John F Kennedy

Disarmament without checks is but a shadow-and a community without law is but a shell. John F Kennedy

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century. John F Kennedy

We must face the fact that the United States is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, that we cannot impose our will upon the other 94 percent of mankind, that we cannot right every wrong or reverse every adversity, and that therefore there cannot be an American solution to every world problem. John F Kennedy

Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process-a way of solving problems. John F Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F Kennedy

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. John F Kennedy

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John F Kennedy

Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color John F Kennedy

While it may be theoretically possible to demonstrate the risks inherent in any treaty... the far greater risk to our security are the risks of unrestricted testing, the risks of a nuclear arms race, the risks of new nuclear powers.... John F Kennedy

I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable - and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men - brave men - will make it so. John F Kennedy

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy. John F Kennedy

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. John F Kennedy

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. John F Kennedy

Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. John F Kennedy

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. John F Kennedy

Certain other societies may respect the rule of force-we respect the rule of law. John F Kennedy

Members of the Congress, the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. We are all trustees for the American people, custodians of the American heritage. It is my task to report the State of the Union-to improve it is the task of us all. John F Kennedy

And lastly, Chairman Khrushchev has compared the United States to a worn-out runner living on its past performance, and stated that the Soviet Union would out-produce the United States by 1970. Without wishing to trade hyperbole with the Chairman, I do suggest that he reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he his caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas. John F Kennedy

The deadly arms race, and the huge resources it absorbs, have too long overshadowed all else we must do. We must prevent that arms race from spreading to new nations, to new nuclear powers and to the reaches of outer space. John F Kennedy

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. John F Kennedy

Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war. John F Kennedy

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

It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours. 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 ... It ought to to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. John F Kennedy

When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working. John F Kennedy

Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness. John F Kennedy

Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life. John F Kennedy

The science of weapons and war has made us all one world and one human race with one common destiny. John F Kennedy

I know there is a God - I see the storm coming and I see his hand in it - if he has a place then I am ready - we see the hand. John F Kennedy

The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. John F Kennedy

Suspicion on one side breeds suspicion on the other, and new weapons beget counter-weapons. John F Kennedy

I need this parade like I need a hole in the head. John F Kennedy

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. John F Kennedy

Truth is a tyrant-the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism. John F Kennedy

The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln. John F Kennedy

History will not judge our endeavors-and a government cannot be selected-merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation. Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these. John F Kennedy

The Kennedy Administration's public pronouncements on the matter suggested that the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Castro's Cuba would represent an unacceptable strategic threat to the United States. . . . This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base - by the presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass-destruction - constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas. . . . John F Kennedy

If men and women are in chains anywhere in the world, then freedom is endangered everywhere. John F Kennedy

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. John F Kennedy

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. John F Kennedy

Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent. John F Kennedy

Let's not talk so much about vice. I'm against vice in all forms. John F Kennedy

The credit of success is claimed by all, while a disaster is attributed to one alone. John F Kennedy

The only valid test of leadership is the ability to lead, and lead vigorously. John F Kennedy

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality. John F Kennedy

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask why not? John F Kennedy



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