Encouraging Quotes by John F. Kennedy

Encouraging Quotes by the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy
John F Kennedy
  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

  • “Democracy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone will fail.”

  • “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

  • “I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.”

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

  • “Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.”

  • “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”

  • “Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”

  • “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

  • “So, let us not be blind to our differences – but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.”

  • “The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

  • “The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.”

  • “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

  • “The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!”

  • “The stories of past courage can define that ingredient-they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”

  • “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

  • “There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

  • “Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.”

  • “We believe that if men have the talent to invent need machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.”

  • “We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now.”

  • “We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.”

  • “We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.”

  • “We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.”

  • “When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we’d been saying they were.”

  • “The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.”

  • “Before my term has ended, we shall have to test anew whether a nation organized and governed such as ours can endure. The outcome is by no means certain.”

  • “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

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John F. Kennedy was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963.
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