Quotes from John F. Kennedy


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Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.


Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


I'm an idealist without illusions.


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.


I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.


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


I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.


The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.


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.


When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.


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.


There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.


Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.


Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.


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


Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.


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


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.


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


I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.