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John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
35th president of US 1961-1963 [more author details]
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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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1961
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
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John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963
Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to be President, but according to a famous Gallup poll of some years ago, some 73 percent do not want them to become politicians in the process.
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John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage, 1956
This nation was founded by many 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.
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John F. Kennedy, Radio and television report to the American people in civil rights, June 11, 1963
I look foreword to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
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John F. Kennedy, Remarks upon receiving an honorary degree, Amherst College, October 26, 1963
I look forward to an america in which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world in which we will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
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John F. Kennedy, speech at The American University, Washington, D.C., June 10, 1963
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
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John F. Kennedy, speech at Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963
All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech given at Newport at the dinner before the America's Cup Races, September 1962
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
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John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech in Indianapolis, April 12, 1959
A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech in praise of Robert Frost, 1963
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
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John F. Kennedy, speech prepared for delivery in Dallas the day of his assassination, November 22, 1963
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
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John F. Kennedy, Speech to UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 1961

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