Authors - John F. Kennedy
Elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, 43-year-old John F. Kennedy became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic to hold that office. He was born into one of America's wealthiest families and parlayed an elite education and a reputation as a military hero into a successful run for Congress in 1946 and for the Senate in 1952. As president, Kennedy confronted mounting Cold War tensions in Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere. He also led a renewed drive for public service and eventually provided federal support for the growing civil rights movement. His assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, sent shockwaves around the world and turned the all-too-human Kennedy into a larger-than-life heroic figure. To this day, historians continue to rank him among the best-loved presidents in American history. - History
I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
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, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
We need men who can dream of things that never were.
Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
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.
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were.
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
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.
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension. So we must do what we can with the third.
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
No easy problem ever comes to the President of the United States. If they are easy to solve, somebody else has solved them.
To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny.
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.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
So let us begin anew -- remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
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.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.
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.
Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.
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.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
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.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
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.
We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.