John F. Kennedy Quotes

John F. Kennedy Quotes



If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.
We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
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.
For a city or a people to be truly free they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choice and to live their own lives.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.
And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation.
Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439)
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.
[News conference, April 21 1961]
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
[Undelivered remarks for Dallas Trade Mart, November 22 1963]
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
[Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Mankind must put an end to war - or war will put an end to mankind.
-Address before the United Nations, September 25 1961

Last Updated: 22nd June, 2017