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

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

    It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A
    Harvard education and a Yale degree.

    Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a
    place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has
    caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.
    John F. Kennedy

    Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

    Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of
    its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the
    deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and
    encourage the arts and commerce.

    Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we
    shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support
    any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the
    success of liberty.
    John F. Kennedy

    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.

    Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to

    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.

    Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

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

    Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to
    whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage
    than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their

    Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they
    don't want them to become politicians in the process.

    My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised
    Dad he'd go straight.

    My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of
    bitches, but I never believed it till now.

    My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
    ask what you can do for your country.

    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.

    Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and
    Vietnam is the place.

    Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what
    happens to you in life.

    Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is
    a menace to our security.

    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.

    Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by
    man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human
    destiny is beyond human beings.

    Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in
    education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

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

    Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a
    healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual

    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

    A child miseducated is a child lost.

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

    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

    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

    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

    America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.

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

    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 not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

    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

    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.

    Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

    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

    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.

    The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society;
    and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to
    secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.

    The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal
    hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all
    forms of human life.

    There are many people in the world who really don't understand-
    or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world
    and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!

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

    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.

    Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

    Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
    violent revolution inevitable.

    To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict
    the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies
    and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an
    obligation of trust.

    Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
    Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.

    Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the
    discomfort of thought.

    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.

    Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

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

    Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for
    conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

    We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind
    in the history of the world or to make it the last.

    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.

    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

    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

    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 pay is good and I can walk to work.

    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

    The human mind is our fundamental resource.

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

    Of those to whom much is given, much is required.  

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