John F. Kennedy
Quotations


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

In free society art is not a weapon. Artists are not engineers of the soul.

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

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

When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.

Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.

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

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of manís concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as weíd been saying they were.

There is a a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didnít write it, and even though we disapprove, there isnít any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.

The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.

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

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

Iím 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.



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