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Top 32 Powerful John F. Kennedy Quotes

John F. Kennedy Quotes
John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was elected the thirty-fifth president of the United States at the age of forty- three— the youngest man and first Roman Catholic ever elected. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War and as a president the majority of his work concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba.

Kennedy graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and joined the U.S. Navy shortly before World War II. While on active duty in the Pacific, the Japanese destroyed the boat under his command, PT- 109. Despite a back injury, Kennedy showed great heroism in rescuing his crew.


After holding seats in both the House and Senate, Kennedy was elected president in 1960. His style, charisma, and oratory won him admiration at home and abroad, but his life was tragically cut short by an assassin’s bullet in 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

His major accomplishments include the formation of the Peace Corps and his deft handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. His book, Profiles in Courage, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957. With historians and the general public, Kennedy ranks highly in polls of U.S. presidents. Here are our Top 32 Powerful John F. Kennedy Quotes that will boost your confidence.


Top 32 Powerful John F. Kennedy Quotes



Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who BUILDS best when called upon to build greatly.

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.

We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not.

John F. Kennedy Quotes
WE NEED MEN WHO CAN DREAM OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE, AND ASK WHY NOT.

We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves— that is our only commitment to others.

Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.

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

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House-- with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

John F. Kennedy Quotes
FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES, BUT NEVER FORGET THEIR NAMES.

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for YOUR country.

Give me your help. Give me your hand, your voice, and your vote.

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.

No American is ever made better off by pulling a fellow American down, and all of us are made better off whenever any one of us is made better off.

We stand today on the edge of a new frontier.

John F. Kennedy Quotes
WE STAND TODAY ON THE EDGE OF A NEW FRONTIER.

When power narrows the areas of a man's concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.

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

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

There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

John F. Kennedy Quotes
IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

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

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

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

I was born an American, I live like an American, I will die an American.

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I WAS BORN AN AMERICAN, I LIVE LIKE AN AMERICAN, I WILL DIE AN AMERICAN.

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news--that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents.

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

Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

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VICTORY HAS A HUNDRED FATHERS AND DEFEAT IS AN ORPHAN.

Things don't just happen. They are made to happen.

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.

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