John F. Kennedy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old John F. Kennedy quotes, John F. Kennedy sayings, and John F. Kennedy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.

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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.

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.     

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

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Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.

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I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war? But we have no more urgent task.     

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

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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.

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We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.

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The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.     

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Leadership and learning are indispensable to one another.     

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.     

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For of those to whom much is given, much is required.

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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.

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Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

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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.

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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

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

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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

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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.

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The best road to progress is freedom's road.

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

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Mankind must put an end to war, before war puts an end to mankind.

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

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One person can make a difference and everyone should try.     

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.     

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.     

John F. Kennedy