John F. Kennedy Quotes
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.
Speech at the dedication ceremony for the United States Information Agency Transmitter Complex in Greenville, North Carolina on February 8, 1963.
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.
May 27, 1961
I see nothing wrong with giving Robert some legal experience as Attorney General before he goes out to practice law.
January 21, 1961
I have just received the following telegram from my generous Daddy. It says, "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.
Gridiron Dinner, Washington, D.C., 1958
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.
During dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners of the western hemisphere on April 29, 1962.
A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all.
Civil rights speech on prime time TV, June 11, 1963.
Those of you who regard my profession of political life with some disdain should remember that it made it possible for me to move from being an obscure lieutenant in the United States Navy to Commander-in-Chief in 14 years, with very little technical competence.
Address at the University of North Carolina, October 12, 1961
But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
The United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward, and so will space.
We believe that when men reach beyond this planet, they should leave their national differences behind them.
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish...
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of The New York Times.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.