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Top 54 President John F. Kennedy Quotes (JFK)

Top 10 Most Famous John F. Kennedy Quotes to Inspire You (EDUCATION)

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

John F. Kennedy
If not us, who? If not now, when?
If not us, who? If not now, when?
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.

“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.”

John F. Kennedy
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.

13 Wise John F. Kennedy Quotes to Inspire Success and Leadership (TIME)

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.”

John F. Kennedy
Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.
Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.
It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.
It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.
Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

31 Motivational John F. Kennedy (JFK) Quotes on Courage, Education, and Freedom

“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
Our problems are man-made; therefore, they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
Our problems are man-made; therefore, they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.

“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.”

John F. Kennedy
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.
Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on.”

John F. Kennedy
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 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.
Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive.
Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.

“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.”

John F. Kennedy
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.
I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.

“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.”

John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Short Biography

Born on 29 May 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, United States John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States, he served his presidency during the height of the Cold-War.

Kennedy had a very sickly childhood, in September 1936 he enrolled in Harvard College after leaving Princeton the year before due to health complications.

During his senior year of college, he wrote his popular thesis; Why England Slept, which was sold as a book. He graduated cum laude in 1940 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in government.

In 1941 Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged 4 years later, he suffered an injury to his back during his service, and because of this was in pain all his life.

Kennedy ran for Congress in 1946 and won in November of the same year, where he served for 6 years. He ran for Senate in 1952 and won, during his time in Senate, Kennedy published his book; Profile in Courage in 1956, which won him a Pulitzer Prize for Biography in the following year.

John F. Kennedy was sworn into the presidency on January 20, 1961. During his time as president, he effectively boosted the U.S. economy and established the Peace Corps, a program that allows Americans to aid underdeveloped countries.

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