John F. Kennedy Quotes on War & Peace (14 Quotes)


    We in this country, in this generation, are--by destiny rather than choice--the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, good will toward men. That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

    We're winning the war but we haven't won the war yet. I think whoever takes over this job in 20 years will still have to fight this fight.

    War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

    Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.

    No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.


    It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.

    People have not been horrified by war to a sufficient extent... War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today.

    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 - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.

    For if Freedom and Communism were to compete for man's allegiance in a world at peace, I would look to the future with ever increasing confidence

    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.

    Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

    Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

    The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.

    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.


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