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When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy | Action Quotes
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 | Action Quotes
The White House was designed by Hoban, a noted Irish-American architect, and I have no doubt that he believed by incorporating several features of the Dublin style he would make it more homelike for any President of Irish descent. It was a long wait, but I appreciate his efforts.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his experience. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For 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 | Art and the Artist Quotes
Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation', a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
- John F. Kennedy | Courage and Bravery Quotes
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. 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 morality.
- John F. Kennedy | Courage and Bravery Quotes
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life, I find.
- John F. Kennedy | Goals and Ambition Quotes
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.
- John F. Kennedy | Government and Rule Quotes
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.
- John F. Kennedy | Government and Rule Quotes
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 | Homo Sapiens Quotes
With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
- John F. Kennedy | Leaders and Leadership Quotes
I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as self-governing people to hear everything relevant.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that 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 1,000 days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need - not as a call to battle, though embattled we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"- a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself. 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.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
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.'
Too often we . . . enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy | Opinion Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Politicians Quotes
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy "Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide."
- John F. Kennedy | Politics Quotes
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
- John F. Kennedy | Politics Quotes
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
- John F. Kennedy | Politics Quotes
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy | Poverty Quotes
Don't let it be forgot, That once there was a spot -For one brief shining moment That was known as Camelot.
- John F. Kennedy | The Presidency Quotes
I don't see what's wrong with giving Bobby a little experience before he starts to practise law.
- John F. Kennedy | Quips and Comments Quotes
I am sorry to say there is too much point to the wise crack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
- John F. Kennedy | Science and Technology Quotes
The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.
- John F. Kennedy | Society and Social Quotes
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
- John F. Kennedy | Society and Social Quotes
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 | War Quotes
Anyone who is honestly seeking a job and can't find it, deserves the attention of the United States government, and the people.
- John F. Kennedy | Work Quotes
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
- John F. Kennedy | One Day Quotes
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
- John F. Kennedy | Hope Quotes
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 | Hope Quotes
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
- John F. Kennedy | Change Quotes
Everything changes but change itself.
- John F. Kennedy | Change Quotes
Change is the law of life.
- John F. Kennedy | Change Quotes
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you.
- John F. Kennedy | Goals Quotes
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. 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 morality.
- John F. Kennedy | Courage Quotes
There is, in addition to a courage with which men die, a courage by which men must live.
- John F. Kennedy | Courage Quotes
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 | Getting Going Quotes
When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy | Worthy Victories Quotes
When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.
- John F. Kennedy | Applause Quotes
Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
- John F. Kennedy | Family Quotes
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, the pursuit must go on.
- John F. Kennedy | Peace Quotes
It takes two to make peace.
- John F. Kennedy | Peace Quotes
When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy | Crisis Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes
If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
- John F. Kennedy | Strong Quotes


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