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.


Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.     

John F. Kennedy

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.     

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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

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history.     

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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.     

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Be aware of danger-but recognize the opportunity.     

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We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.     

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If there is negotiation, it must be rooted in mutual respect and concern for the rights of others.     

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

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We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!     

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

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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 asunder.     

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The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.     

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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.     

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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.     

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Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.     

John F. Kennedy

When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.     

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The credit of success is claimed by all, while a disaster is attributed to one alone.     

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We cannot be satisfied with things as they are. We cannot be satisfied to drift, to rest on our oars, to glide over a sea whose depths are shaken by subterranean upheavals.     

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The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.     

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Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.     

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Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green. Only when the winds of adversity blow can you tell whether an individual or a country has steadfastness.     

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The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.     

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Each increase of tension has produced an increase of arms; each increase of arms has produced an increase of tension.     

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Irrational barriers and ancient prejudices fall quickly when the question of survival itself is at stake.     

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Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.     

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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.     

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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

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.     

John F. Kennedy

Automation does not need to be our enemy. I think machines can make life easier for men, if men do not let the machines dominate them.     

John F. Kennedy