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1917-1963 ,  American President [1961-1963]
John KennedyJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy,(byname JFK) was the 35th president of the United States (1961–63), who faced a number of foreign crises, especially in Cuba and Berlin, but managed to secure such achievements as the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress. He was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas.

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

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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

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

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

Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

Dante didn’t say that

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived, and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.

In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.

I’m an idealist without illusions.

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

Divided, there is little we can do. Together, there is little we cannot do.

Democracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in.

Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man.

The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

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

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

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

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

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

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

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

We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.

Children ate the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.

This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

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

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

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

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

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

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

Personal Stories

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.

Non-English Quotes

Ich bin ein Berliner!

I am a Berliner!

from a June 26, 1963 speech in West Berlin


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