A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slo...
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
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.
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
Sure it’s a big job; but I don’t know anyone who can do it better than I can.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
The best road to progress is freedom’s road.
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.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
The human mind is our fundamental resource.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. 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.
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.
The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.
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.
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”
America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.
I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
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 am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
I don’t think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.
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.
I think ‘Hail to the Chief’ has a nice ring to it.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
I’m always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
I’m an idealist without illusions.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.
Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier – the frontier of the 1960’s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
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.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I’m the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
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.