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.


The most ideal approach to advance is the way of opportunity.     

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

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

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.     

John F. Kennedy

The rising tide lifts all the boats.     

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.     

John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.     

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

We don't want to be like the leader in the French Revolution who said There go my people, I must find out where they are going so I can lead them.     

John F. Kennedy

Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.     

John F. Kennedy

Somebody once said that Washington was a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency.     

John F. Kennedy

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

John F. Kennedy

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.     

John F. Kennedy

We want from you not the sneers of the cynics or the despair of the faint-hearted. We ask of you enlightenment, vision, illumination.     

John F. Kennedy

For to save mankind's future freedom, we must face up to any risk that is necessary. We will always seek peace     

John F. Kennedy

Arms alone are not enough to keep the peace. It must be kept by men.     

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Every dollar released from taxation that is spared or invested will help create a new job and a new salary.     

John F. Kennedy

All the world knows that no successful system builds a wall to keep its people in and freedom out--and that the wall of shame dividing Berlin is a symbol of Communist failure.     

John F. Kennedy

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.     

John F. Kennedy

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

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American history is not something dead and over. It is always alive,always growing, always unfinished.     

John F. Kennedy

Political sovereignty is but a mockery without the means of meeting poverty and illiteracy and disease. Self-determination is but a slogan if the future holds no hope.     

John F. Kennedy