John F. Kennedy Quotes (212 Quotes)


    The United States has to move very fast to even stand still.

    We choose to go...not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

    Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can toleratedeliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation large or small. We nolonger live in a world where the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge toa nation's security to constitute maximum peril.

    The global music market is fast becoming a mixed economy in the way fans and consumers are buying their music.

    Physical music sales declined again for a combination of reasons, including digital and physical piracy, competition from other entertainment products and the shift in consumer spending to online and mobile.


    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.

    When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working.

    When asked what I am most proud of, I stick out my chest, hold my head high and state proudly, 'I served in the United States Navy'

    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.

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

    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.

    We hold the view that the people make the best judgment in the long run.

    This is good news for Delta's customers as they can have full confidence that Delta will operate a full schedule without interruption throughout the holiday season.

    We think the Energy Policy Act (signed last year) has some very supportive provisions to encourage investment in nuclear power. However, we think the incentives may not outweigh the risks.

    Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

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

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

    A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers

    The poet and the politician have this in common their greatness depends on the courage with which they face the challenges of life

    I'm predicting flat sales this year, and I hope I'm right.

    If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to allexcept the censor. We must know all the

    We approved a number of loan and bond issues for parishes statewide.

    Digital-rights management is a fundamental, yet sometimes misunderstood, element of the digital music business.

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

    Our intention was to cover our costs. We're not shy of any surplus, but it was not the aim. After 20 years, Band Aid is still active, and we are still funding projects -- this will simply help us fund even more projects.

    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!"

    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.

    There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do th

    Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.

    We want to be first not first if, not first but but first

    Once you run for office, you're in it -- sort of like going into the military. You'd better be damned sure it is what you want to do and that the rest of your life is set up to accommodate that. It takes a certain toll on your personality and on your family life. I've seen it personally.

    Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.

    A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

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

    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.


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

    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.

    Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.


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

    I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute - where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act. I do not speak for my church on public matters - and the church does not speak for me.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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.


    Converting illegal file-sharers to legal consumers will take time.

    Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.

    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.


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