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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to becoming president.

Kennedy was born into a wealthy, political family in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940, before joining the U.S. Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his service. After a brief stint in journalism, Kennedy represented a working-class Boston district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate and served as the junior senator for Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960. While in the Senate, Kennedy published his book, Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize. In the 1960 presidential election, he narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, who was the incumbent vice president. Kennedy's humor, charm, and youth in addition to his father's money and contacts were great assets in the campaign. Kennedy's campaign gained momentum after the first televised presidential debates in American history. Kennedy was the first Catholic elected president.

Kennedy's administration included high tensions with communist states in the Cold War. As a result, he increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam. The Strategic Hamlet Program began in Vietnam during his presidency. In April 1961, he authorized an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Kennedy authorized the Cuban Project in November 1961. He rejected Operation Northwoods (plans for false flag attacks to gain approval for a war against Cuba) in March 1962. However, his administration continued to plan for an invasion of Cuba in the summer of 1962. The following October, U.S. spy planes discovered Soviet missile bases had been deployed in Cuba; the resulting period of tensions, termed the Cuban Missile Crisis, nearly resulted in the breakout of a global thermonuclear conflict. He also signed the first nuclear weapons treaty in October 1963. Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress with Latin America, and the continuation of the Apollo space program with the goal of landing a man on the Moon. He also supported the civil rights movement, but was only somewhat successful in passing his New Frontier domestic policies.

On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency upon Kennedy's death. Marxist and former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. The FBI and the Warren Commission both concluded Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, but various groups contested the Warren Report and believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. After Kennedy's death, Congress enacted many of his proposals, including the Civil Rights Act and the Revenue Act of 1964. Despite his truncated presidency, Kennedy ranks highly in polls of U.S. presidents with historians and the general public. His personal life has also been the focus of considerable sustained interest following public revelations in the 1970s of his chronic health ailments and extramarital affairs. Kennedy was the most recent U.S. president to have been assassinated as well as the most recent U.S. president to die in office.

Quote: Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of person sitting on chair holding iPad
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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.


Quote: A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of person wearing TV helmet with remote
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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.


Quote: It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
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It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.


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.


Quote: Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of the people. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of sunset
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Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of the people.


Quote: World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of man standing on brown clip
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World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor -- it requires only that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.


Quote: If not us, who? If not now, when? by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of cat in space
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If not us, who? If not now, when?


Quote: We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of man walking on brown grass field
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We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.


Quote: If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of white board beside pencil and tape
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If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.


Quote: Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of white and black soccer ball on grass field
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Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.


Quote: Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.


Quote: Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of pavement surrounded with dried leaves
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


Quote: Be aware of danger-but recognize the opportunity. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Be aware of danger-but recognize the opportunity.


Quote: American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive, always growing, always unfinished. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive, always growing, always unfinished.


Quote: The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.


Quote: 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. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

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.


Quote: We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.


Quote: If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.


Quote: We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.


Quote: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

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


Quote: Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.


Quote: The important principle which...this country has learned is that agriculture cannot be controlled successfully or dominated by the National government. It requires very dedicated work by the individual on the farm and it requires extensive cooperative and community work. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote; white text on black background

The important principle which...this country has learned is that agriculture cannot be controlled successfully or dominated by the National government. It requires very dedicated work by the individual on the farm and it requires extensive cooperative and community work.


Quote: The people who line on our farms make it possible for this country to progress as it has. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The people who line on our farms make it possible for this country to progress as it has.


Quote: Agriculture is one of our best dollar earners. The balance of trade in our favor in agriculture is a tremendous source of dollars-- and therefore gold--to this country at a very important time. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Agriculture is one of our best dollar earners. The balance of trade in our favor in agriculture is a tremendous source of dollars-- and therefore gold--to this country at a very important time.


Quote: The tremendous increase in productivity in American farms is really the most astonishing phenomenon in the free world. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The tremendous increase in productivity in American farms is really the most astonishing phenomenon in the free world.


Quote: A strong America...depends on its farms and natural resources. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

A strong America...depends on its farms and natural resources.


Quote: For of those to whom much is given, much is required. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

For of those to whom much is given, much is required.


Quote: It was like dealing with Dad-- all give and no take. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

It was like dealing with Dad-- all give and no take.


Quote: I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war? But we have no more urgent task. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war? But we have no more urgent task.


Quote: Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

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


Quote: Children are the world's most valuable resource
and its best hope for the future. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

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


Quote: And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. 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. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. 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.


Quote: Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.


Quote: Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met -- obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met -- obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.


Quote: Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.


Quote: Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote: Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.- black text on quotes background

Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said Because it is there. Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there.


Quote: Automation does not need to be our enemy. I think machines can make life easier for men, if men do not let the machines dominate them. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Automation does not need to be our enemy. I think machines can make life easier for men, if men do not let the machines dominate them.


Quote: War and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

War and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.


Quote: The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may.


Quote: In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.


Quote: Science contributes to our culture in many ways, as a creative intellectual activity in its own right, as the light which has served to illuminate man's place in the universe, and as the source of understanding of man's own nature. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Science contributes to our culture in many ways, as a creative intellectual activity in its own right, as the light which has served to illuminate man's place in the universe, and as the source of understanding of man's own nature.


Quote: My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.


Quote: Happiness is the full use of one's talents along lines of excellence. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Happiness is the full use of one's talents along lines of excellence.


Quote: This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection, and I certainly will come back in the springtime. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection, and I certainly will come back in the springtime.


Quote: Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.


Quote: The time is not far off when many nations in many parts of the world of many political shades and commitments will possess nuclear or even thermonuclear weapons. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The time is not far off when many nations in many parts of the world of many political shades and commitments will possess nuclear or even thermonuclear weapons.


Quote: The deadly arms race, and the huge resources it absorbs, have too long overshadowed all else we must do. We must prevent that arms race from spreading to new nations, to new nuclear powers and to the reaches of outer space. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The deadly arms race, and the huge resources it absorbs, have too long overshadowed all else we must do. We must prevent that arms race from spreading to new nations, to new nuclear powers and to the reaches of outer space.


Quote: We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.


Quote: We support the security of both Israel and her neighbors. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We support the security of both Israel and her neighbors.


Quote: I suppose if you could have only one thing, it would be that-energy. Without it, you haven't got a thing. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

I suppose if you could have only one thing, it would be that-energy. Without it, you haven't got a thing.


Quote: There is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it
successful. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

There is no sense in agreeing or desiring that the United States take an affirmative position in outer space, unless we are prepared to do the work and bear the burdens to make it
successful.


Quote: We must create world-wide law and law enforcement as we outlaw world-wide war and weapon. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We must create world-wide law and law enforcement as we outlaw world-wide war and weapon.


Quote: If the self-discipline of the free cannot match the iron discipline of the mailed fist, in economic, political, scientific, and all the other kinds of struggles, as well as the military, then the peril to freedom will continue to rise. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

If the self-discipline of the free cannot match the iron discipline of the mailed fist, in economic, political, scientific, and all the other kinds of struggles, as well as the military, then the peril to freedom will continue to rise.


Quote: The great enemy of the truth is not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The great enemy of the truth is not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.


Quote: To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public.


Quote: An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.


Quote: If my church attempted to influence me in a way which was improper or which affected adversely my responsibilities as a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, then I would reply to them that this was an improper action on their part. It was one to which I could not subscribe. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote: If my church attempted to influence me in a way which was improper or which affected adversely my responsibilities as a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, then I would reply to them that this was an improper action on their part. It was one to which I could not subscribe.- black text on quotes background

If my church attempted to influence me in a way which was improper or which affected adversely my responsibilities as a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, then I would reply to them that this was an improper action on their part. It was one to which I could not subscribe.


Quote: It is no contradiction -- the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today's economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

It is no contradiction -- the most important single thing we can do to stimulate investment in today's economy is to raise consumption by major reduction of individual income tax rates.


Quote: Disarmament without checks is but a shadow -- and a community without law is but a shell. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Disarmament without checks is but a shadow -- and a community without law is but a shell.


Quote: Voters are more than Catholics, Protestants or Jews. They make up their minds for many diverse reasons, good and bad. To submit the candidates to a religious test is unfair enough -- to apply it to the voters is divisive, degrading and wholly unwarranted. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Voters are more than Catholics, Protestants or Jews. They make up their minds for many diverse reasons, good and bad. To submit the candidates to a religious test is unfair enough -- to apply it to the voters is divisive, degrading and wholly unwarranted.


Quote: Race has no place in American life or law. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Race has no place in American life or law.


Quote: We must live our lives in such a way that our children, and their children after them, will form a natural and lasting commitment to the vigorous life. Only in this way can we be assured that the spirit and strength of America will be constantly replenished. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We must live our lives in such a way that our children, and their children after them, will form a natural and lasting commitment to the vigorous life. Only in this way can we be assured that the spirit and strength of America will be constantly replenished.


Quote: The only significance of analyzing the past is that it does give us some key to the future. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The only significance of analyzing the past is that it does give us some key to the future.


Quote: If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion.


Quote: The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The Federal Budget can and should be made an instrument of prosperity and stability, not a deterrent to recovery.


Quote: A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

A wall is a hell of a lot better than a war.


Quote: Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies -- and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America -- in the payola mentality, the expense account way of life, the confusion between what is legal and what is right. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies -- and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America -- in the payola mentality, the expense account way of life, the confusion between what is legal and what is right.


Quote: The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The Civil Rights movement should thank God for Bull Connor. He's helped it as much as Abraham Lincoln.






Quote: An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

An across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes ... to expand the incentives and opportunities of private expenditures.




Quote: One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free- -but one-third is the victim of cruel repression -- and the other one- third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations than by the fission of the atom itself. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote: One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free- -but one-third is the victim of cruel repression -- and the other one- third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations than by the fission of the atom itself.- black text on quotes background

One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free- -but one-third is the victim of cruel repression -- and the other one- third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations than by the fission of the atom itself.


Quote: The present tax codes inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The present tax codes inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions.


Quote: The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The Jewish people, ever since David slew Goliath, have never considered youth as a barrier to leadership.


Quote: If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

If (my grandfather) hadn't left, I'd be working over here at the Albatross Company.


Quote: I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. Whatever advantages it might have in Rome -- and I'm not convinced of these -- they would be more than offset by the divisive effect at home. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. Whatever advantages it might have in Rome -- and I'm not convinced of these -- they would be more than offset by the divisive effect at home.


Quote: What really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out -- not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

What really counts is not the immediate act of courage or of valor, but those who bear the struggle day in and day out -- not the sunshine patriots but those who are willing to stand for a long period of time.


Quote: Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great.


Quote: The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day.


Quote: I do not belive that Washington should do for the people wha they can do for themselves through local and private effort. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

I do not belive that Washington should do for the people wha they can do for themselves through local and private effort.


Quote: The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.


Quote: Whatever the political affiliation of our next President, whatever his views may be on all the issues and problems that rush in upon us, he must above all be the chief executive in every sense of the word. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Whatever the political affiliation of our next President, whatever his views may be on all the issues and problems that rush in upon us, he must above all be the chief executive in every sense of the word.


Quote: Richard Cromwell was not fit to wear the mantle of his uncle. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Richard Cromwell was not fit to wear the mantle of his uncle.


Quote: Our deep spiritual confidence that this nation will survive the perils of today -- which may well be with us for decades to come -- compels us to invest in our nation's future, to consider and meet our obligations to our children and the numberless generations that will follow. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote; white text on black background

Our deep spiritual confidence that this nation will survive the perils of today -- which may well be with us for decades to come -- compels us to invest in our nation's future, to consider and meet our obligations to our children and the numberless generations that will follow.


Quote: We had a dog who was named Pushinka, who was given to my father by a Soviet official. And we trained that dog to slide down the slide we had in the back of the White House. Sliding the dog down that slide is probably my first memory. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

We had a dog who was named Pushinka, who was given to my father by a Soviet official. And we trained that dog to slide down the slide we had in the back of the White House. Sliding the dog down that slide is probably my first memory.


Quote: If there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

If there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.


Quote: In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone-and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life-he Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone-and most men save Englishmen despaired of England's life-he Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.


Quote: As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of John F. Kennedy quote; white text on black background

As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness.


Quote: The Family of Man is more than 3 billion strong. It lives in more than 100 nations. Most of its members are not white. Most of them are not Christians. Most of them know nothing about free enterprise or due process of law or the Australian ballot. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The Family of Man is more than 3 billion strong. It lives in more than 100 nations. Most of its members are not white. Most of them are not Christians. Most of them know nothing about free enterprise or due process of law or the Australian ballot.


Quote: All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung-the iron lung of politics, and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe the same fresh air our constituents breathe. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

All of us in the Senate live in an iron lung-the iron lung of politics, and it is no easy task to emerge from that rarified atmosphere in order to breathe the same fresh air our constituents breathe.


Quote: A Canadian newspaperman said yesterday that this is the President's Easter egghead roll on the White House lawn. I want to deny that! by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

A Canadian newspaperman said yesterday that this is the President's Easter egghead roll on the White House lawn. I want to deny that!


Quote: Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.


Quote: There are no 'white' or 'coloured' signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

There are no 'white' or 'coloured' signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.


Quote: The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space.




Quote: The guiding principle of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be IN GOD WE TRUST. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

The guiding principle of this Nation has been, is now, and ever shall be IN GOD WE TRUST.


Quote: Neither smiles nor frowns, neither good intentions nor harsh words, are a substitute for strength. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

Neither smiles nor frowns, neither good intentions nor harsh words, are a substitute for strength.


Quote: United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do-for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and 
split asunder. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do-for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and
split asunder.


Quote: For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. by author John F. Kennedy overlaid on photo of photo of author John F. Kennedy with quote

For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.


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