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John F. Kennedy

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If I do the right kind of a job, I don't know whether I am going to be here four years from now. -- John F. Kennedy (to Richard M. Nixon, right after the Bay of Pigs invasion, 1961).

John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

John F. Kennedy

I think there is a law of equity in these disputes. When one party is clearly wrong, it will eventually give way... They had no business putting those missiles in and lying to me about it. They were in the wrong and knew it. So, when we stood firm, they had to back down. But this doesn't mean at all that they would back down when they felt they were in the right and had vital interests involved.

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Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

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Now I understand why Henry VIII started his own church.

John F. Kennedy

We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.

John F. Kennedy

For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.

John F. Kennedy

...probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.

John F. Kennedy

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.

John F. Kennedy

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

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Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

John F. Kennedy

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.

John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

We believe that an artist, in order to be true to himself and his work, must be a free man.

John F. Kennedy

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.

John F. Kennedy

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

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

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We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For 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.

John F. Kennedy

So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy

Overwhelming nuclear strength cannot stop a guerrilla war.

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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It's easy, they sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life; and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy
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