A List of John F. Kennedy Quotes

John F. Kennedy, or JFK, was the 35th President of the US. Of all the US Presidents, he is one of the most well known perhaps due to the fact that he was assassinated. Although he left the world far too soon, his words will remain. The following are some of his quotes.

“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.”

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

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

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.”

“I’m an idealist without illusions.”

“I don’t think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.”

“Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.”

“A child miseducated is a child lost.”

“A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.”

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

“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.”

“I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.”

“I’m always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.”

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

“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.”

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. ”

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

“If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.”

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