John F. Kennedy

(John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy)

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
  • Born: May 29, 1917
  • Died: November 22, 1963
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician and journalist who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate prior to becoming president.

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Romain Nadal If we criticize the States, it's because we love the States. But we love a certain representation of the States. We love Lincoln. We love Kennedy. We love Roosevelt and the New Deal. We love the Founding Fathers. We love the creativity. We don't like the rifle association.
Richard B. Russell Jr. We could beat back Kennedy on Civil Rights, but Lyndon [Johnson] knows how to beat us.
John Birch Society Wanted for Treason.
Roger Lowenstein It baffles some economists that Congress pays so little heed to their research, but then immigration policy has never been based on economics. Economic fears played a part in the passage of the exclusionary acts against Chinese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and in the 1920’s of quotas (aimed in particular at people from Southern and Eastern Europe), but they were mostly fueled by xenophobia. They were supplanted in the Civil Rights era by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ended quotas and established a new priority based on family reunification. That law, also sponsored by Kennedy, had nothing to do with economics, either. It made the chief criterion for getting in having a relative who was already here.
Harry S Truman I am deeply concerned and troubled about the situation we are up against in the world now and in the immediate future. That is why I would hope that someone with the greatest possible maturity and experience would be available at this time. May I urge you to be patient.
A. Philip Randolph Mr. President, the Black masses are restless and we are going to march on Washington.
Gerald Posner Saudi Arabia didn’t end slavery until President Kennedy asked them to. Every major Saudi family had one of more black slaves. The visiting Saudi Rulers came to America and brought one of their slaves with them. That’s when Kennedy asked them to officially abolish slavery and they did.
Richard Nixon Those confrontations, viewed by tens of millions of voters, were a radical innovation which allowed the electorate a unique opportunity to take measure of the candidates under fire
Joseph P. Kennedy You know that no son of mine could be a goddamn liberal.
Ronald Reagan Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx
Lyndon B. Johnson I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for and President Kennedy died for.
Jacqueline Kennedy First Lady sounds like the name of a race horse.
Anonymous Be Thankful Only One Of Them Can Win!
Anonymous Bullfight critics row on row Crowd the vast area full But only one man's there who knows Federico, And he's the man who fights the bull.
Dean Acheson [Describing John F. Kennedy:] He is sort of an Indian snake charmer.
Konrad Adenauer [On Vietnam:] Kennedy cooked the soup that Johnson had to eat.
Herve Alphand It doesn’t matter, this young man will never go far in politics.
Joseph Alsop A Stevenson with balls
Russell Baker The moment when images replaced words in American politics.
Lloyd Bentsen I served with Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy.
Charles E. Bohlen You are.
Bill Bonanno When Joe Kennedy had his stroke, all our plans went out the window.
Murray Chotiner We had the election won. Debates couldn't help us and might hurt.
John Connally No one will ever know the complete truth.
Norman Cousins [John F.] Kennedy was a great listener. As he listened his eyes got larger, and he looked at you, and you knew you had been looked at and listened to.
Charles de Gaulle [John F.] Kennedy was a mask on the face of America while Lyndon Johnson was America.
Angier Biddle Duke But Mr. President, every President keeps the seat warm for his successor.
Dwight D. Eisenhower I think you are going to have to send troops to Vietnam and if you do, I will come up from Gettysburg to support you.
Billy Graham Mr. Kennedy's victory has proved that there was not as much religious prejudice as many had feared.
Robert Frost The glory of a next Augustan age A golden age of poetry and power Of which this noonday’s the beginning hour.
Robert Frost The land was ours before we were the land’s She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people ...
John F. Fitzgerald To the future President of the United States.
Don Hewitt If you had let Frannie make you up the night of your debate with Kennedy, you would have been elected President.
Lyndon B. Johnson I need you more than he did. I don't expect you to love me as you did him.
Lyndon B. Johnson My father never carried an umbrella for Chamberlain.
Lyndon B. Johnson No way will I ever join that son-of-a-bitch. I looked it up. One out of every four presidents has died in office. I'm a gambling man, darling. This is the only chance I've got.
Lyndon B. Johnson [Describing John F. Kennedy:] The enviably attractive nephew who sings an Irish ballad for the company and then disappears before the table-clearing and dishwashing begin.
Lyndon B. Johnson The only difference between the Kennedy assassination and mine is that I am alive and it has been more torturous.
Lyndon B. Johnson No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.
Lyndon B. Johnson You're losing in Ohio, but, don't worry, we're winning in Pennsylvania.
Lyndon B. Johnson All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.
Lyndon B. Johnson … a whippersnapper …. He never said a word of importance in the Senate and he never did a thing.
Lyndon B. Johnson I am a Roosevelt New Dealer … John F. Kennedy was a little too conservative for me.
Lyndon B. Johnson Pass this bill as the memorial to our late beloved President.
Lyndon B. Johnson Sonny boy
Harold MacMillan [President John F.] Kennedy must be a strange character—obstinate, sensitive, ruthless and highly sexed.
Sarah McClendon He [President John F. Kennedy] was very well informed. I think that's why he wasn't afraid of the press.
Daniel P. Moynihan I have lived through the days when John F. Kennedy was a fascist. So it didn't come as a great surprise when some people learned that I was a fascist.
Daniel P. Moynihan Heavens, Mary, of course we'll laugh again. It's just that we'll never be young again.
Alan Jay Lerner Don't let it be forgot That once there was a spot For one brief shining moment That was known as Camelot
Walter Lippmann In the light of this monstrous crime we can see that in a free country, which we are and intend to be, unrestrained speech and thought are inherently subversive. Democracy can be made to work only when the bonds of the community are inviolate, and stronger than all parties and factions and interest and sects.
Jacqueline Kennedy Do you know what is going to happen to Bobby? The same thing that happened to Jack.
Jacqueline Kennedy Jack’s life had more to do with myth, legend, saga, and story than with political theory or political science.
Joseph P. Kennedy We’re going to sell Jack like soap flakes. There are no accidents in politics.
Joseph P. Kennedy Your brother Bobby gave you his lifeblood. By God, he deserves to be Attorney General, and by God, that’s what he’s going to be. Do you understand that?
Joseph P. Kennedy You could never write for me. You're too liberal. But you're fine for Jack.
Robert Kennedy Did the CIA kill my brother?
Noel Coward The shooting of the suspected murderer by an exhibitionist night-club proprietor is too idiotic to be believed. That the Dallas police should have allowed it to happen is so stupid that the brain reels. Now it will never be satisfactorily proved whether Oswald shot the President or not, and there will be a jungle of rumors …
Mike Mansfield A piece of each of us died.
Geoffrey Perret There are a lot of Civil War photographs of men in stove-pipe hats. But none of them looked like Abraham Lincoln …. Ulysses S. Grant did not wear an officer’s uniform blouse. He wore an enlisted man’s blouse with general’s stars—even when he was the highest ranking officer in the army…. Until he became a Senator, [J. F.] Kennedy dressed like a college student. After he entered the Senate he always wore elegant suits.
Abraham A. Ribicoff I never thought I'd see the day when a man of the Jewish faith had to plead before a group of Irish Catholics about allowing another Irish Catholic to be nominated for the position
Andy Warhol I guess the Kennedys were just too busy having an affair with Marilyn to worry about Vietnam.
Lyndon B. Johnson Kennedy tried to kill Castro. Castro got Kennedy first.
Norman Mailer He learned too much and too early that victory goes to the discreet, that one does not speak one's opinion, that ideally one does not even develop one's opinion.
Karen Selick John F. Kennedy once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." I have never understood why this utterance, which in essence urges everyone to volunteer themselves as unquestioning slaves, guinea pigs and cannon fodder to a grasping state, is quoted with such reverence. What Kennedy should have said is this: “Ask lots of very pointed questions about what your country promises to do for you, and don't forget to ask exactly what it proposes to do to you. Then pick the place that offers the best deal. You will be doing a favour not only to yourself, but potentially to all of mankind.”
Ronald Reagan JFK may have tousled hair, but he still is a Marxist.
Martin Luther King Jr. That white man not only stood up at the plate but knocked the ball over the fence.
Lyndon B. Johnson If you would look at my record, you would know that I’m a Roosevelt New Dealer. As a matter of fact, John F. Kennedy was a little too conservative to suit my taste.
Robert Kennedy Can’t you control your wife? Or are you like me?
Robert Kennedy Kick him in the balls!
Franklin Orth We do not think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States.
Norman Vincent Peale This will be a different society if a Catholic is elected President
Theodore C. Sorensen The religious issue was the major issue of the Kennedy campaign…. Nixon said over and over again that he would not make an issue over Kennedy’s religion.
Theodore C. Sorensen Kennedy had a much better speech writer than I do.
Adlai Stevenson I personally am deeply distressed that there has been so much talk about religion in this campaign ….
Jacqueline Kennedy Now I know how Jack feels when he has told three people that they can each be Secretary of State.
Mohammed Reza Pahlavi For all its apparent tolerance, the USA maintains a peculiar balance between the forces of capitalism and democracy. To achieve this I feel sure the country is guided by some hidden force; an organization working in secrecy, powerful enough to dispose of the Kennedys and of anyone else who gets in its way.
Jon Meacham In the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy learned that the Generals are not always right.
Jacqueline Kennedy I want his funeral to be as much like Abraham Lincoln’s as possible.
Robert McNamara … from the beginning, it was President Kennedy who said that it was politically unacceptable for us to leave those [Cuban] missile sites alone. He didn't say militarily, he said politically.
Robert McNamara I’ll be quite frank. I don’t think that there is a military problem here … This is a domestic political problem.
Robert McNamara A missile is a missile. It makes no great difference whether you are killed by a missile from the Soviet Union or Cuba.
Tim Weiner The CIA … concealed its failures abroad, lying to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. It told those lies to preserve its standing in Washington.
Robert S. McElvaine Historically, a Democrat without business experience has been extraordinarily better for the economy and the stock market than a Republican who had a career in business. In the past 84 years, GDP has grown 7 percent per year under Democrats without business experience (FDR, JFK, LBJ, Clinton and Obama) and fallen by .2 percent under Republicans with business experience (Hoover and the 2 Bushes). The Dow has risen an average of 16.8 percent under Democrats without business experience and has fallen 3.7 percent per year under Republicans with business experience.
Martin Luther King Jr. He was really great!!!
John Kerry To this day I have serious doubts as to whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
Lyndon B. Johnson I don’t want carpet baggers coming into Texas to run the investigation.
Philip Sheenan The autopsy was rushed and bungled, and we are still dealing with the consequence of it.
Martin Luther King Jr. Can you believe it. That white man hit it out of the park.
Maxwell D. Taylor I don't recall anyone who was strongly against except one man, and that was the President [JFK]. The President just didn't want to be convinced that this was the right thing to do.... It was really the President's personal conviction that U.S. ground troops shouldn't go in.
Homer Bigart The United States seems inextricably committed to a long, inconclusive war. The Communists can prolong it for years.... But it is too late to disengage; our prestige has been committed. Washington says we will stay until the finish.
Bear Bryant No football practice today. Go think about our president.
Edwin A. Walker Wanted for Treason Betraying the Constitution … He is turning the sovereignty of the U. S. over to the Communist controlled United Nations He has consistently appointed anti-Christians to Federal office He has given support and encouragement to the Communist inspired Racial Riots
J. William Fulbright To give this activity [the Bay of Pigs] even covert support is of a piece with the hypocrisy and cynicism for which the United States is constantly denouncing the Soviet Union in the United Nations and elsewhere. This point will not be lost on the rest of the world-nor on our own consciences
J. Bradford DeLong The great network of social insurance programs established by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, President John F. Kennedy’s Great Society, and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and defended by President Bill Clinton, sharply limits the amount of poverty a downturn [in the economy] can cause.
Lyndon B. Johnson This story going around about the CIA … sending in folks to get Castro, It’s incredible. They have a man that was involved that was brought into the CIA, with a number of others, and instructed by the CIA and the Attorney General [then Robert F. Kennedy] to assassinate Castro after the Bay of Pigs.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Central Intelligence Agency’s Intention To Send Hoodlums to Cuba to Assassinate Castro
Bertrand Russell In the name of national security, the Commission’s hearings were held in secret, thereby continuing the policy which has marked the entire course of the case. This prompts my second question: If, as we are told, Oswald was the lone assassin, where is the issue of national security? Indeed, precisely the same question must be put here as was posed in France during the Dreyfus case: If the Government is so certain of its case, why has it conducted all its inquiries in the strictest secrecy?
Richard Nixon Because of unsure and undecided leadership in the field of foreign policy, questions are being raised on all sides. The administration is plagued by a Hamlet-like psychosis which seems to paralyze it every time decisive action is required.
Richard B. Russell Jr. We could have beaten John Kennedy on Civil Rights. We can’t beat Lyndon Johnson. He’s a man who understands power and how to use it. He’ll tear your arm off at the shoulder and beat you over the head with it, but he’ll get the votes. We’re going to lose to Lyndon Johnson.
John Kenneth Galbraith I sent the President [JFK] a telegram marked SECRET to be sure that it had wide distribution.
John Kenneth Galbraith Communicating to the President through the State Department would be like making love through the mattress.
Benjamin C. Bradlee She turned the President from a slob into a dude.
Phillip Shenon Both the CIA and the FBI had Oswald under surveillance in the fall of 1963. But they withheld information from the Warren Commission about how much they knew about him before the assassination. The CIA never told the commission about its plots during the Kennedy administration to assassinate Castro — plots that the Cuban dictator discovered, giving him an obvious motive to kill Kennedy. The FBI destroyed evidence before it could reach the commission, including a handwritten, apparently threatening note that Oswald delivered to the bureau’s field office in Dallas in early November 1963. On the day Oswald was murdered by Ruby, FBI agents in Dallas, fearing that the note would be seen as evidence that they had been aware of the danger Oswald posed to the president, shredded the piece of paper and flushed it down a toilet. Its exact contents remain a mystery.
Fidel Castro Now, they will have to find the assassin quickly, but very quickly, otherwise, you watch and see, I know them, they will try to put the blame on us for this thing.
House of Representatives The panel itself was unable to examine the brain because it is among certain autopsy materials which are unaccounted for.
H. R. Haldeman An investigation of the Kennedy assassination was a project I suggested when I first entered the White House [in 1969]. I had always been intrigued with the conflicting theories of the assassination. Now I felt we would be in a position to get all the facts. But Nixon turned me down.
William Hollingsworth Attwood If the CIA did find out what we were doing this would have trickled down to the lower echelon of activists, and Cuban exiles, and the more gung-ho CIA people who had been involved since the Bay of Pigs….I can understand why they would have reacted so violently. This was the end of their dreams of returning to Cuba, and they might have been impelled to take violent action. Such as assassinating the President.
Herbert Sebastian Agar A Time of Greatness.
Richard S. Schweiker … the [Warren] report, to those who have studied it closely, has collapsed like a house of cards, and I think the people who read it in the long-run future will see that. I frankly believe that we have shown that the [investigation of the] John F. Kennedy assassination was snuffed out before it even began.
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[Characterizing Richard M. Nixon:] ... not a man of quality and depth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Describing the presidency:] No one in the country is more assailed by divergent advice and clamorous counsel. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
[Speaking of civil rights;] We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the Scriptures and as plain as clear as the American Constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities. Equality & Equal Opportunity
… man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. Energy ;Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
… not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. To achieve it, it is necessary to examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable — that mankind is doomed — that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made — therefore, they can be solved by man. War & Peace
… with the stroke of a pen. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all. Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced Federal budget. Every taxpayer and his family will have more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education, and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage of his 'profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business, and as the national income grows, the Federal Government will ultimately end up with more revenues.
Africa, Asia and the Middle East—the lands of the rising people. Development & Growth ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Although the name of Abraham Lincoln will be invoked in support of Mr. Nixon, but his career has demonstrated charity for none and malice for all. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
And we call ourselves the human race. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Ask not what your country can do for you——ask what you can do for your country. Citizenship & Patriotism
Can freedom be maintained under the most severe attack it has ever known? I think it can be. And I think in the final analysis it depends upon what we do here Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Can freedom be maintained under the most severe attack it has ever known? I think it can be. And I think in the final analysis it depends upon what we do here. Freedom & Liberty
Castro doesn’t need spies. All he has to do is read the newspapers. Secrecy & Transparency
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.” Political Parties & Machines
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Don’t confuse me with all that. Just tell me how to vote to help your farmers.
Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, miscalculation or madness. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
For 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. Human Nature
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.  Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match War & Peace
Forgive but never forget Miscellaneous
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Freedom has many flaws and our democracy is imperfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in. Democracies & Republics
Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. War & Peace
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. History ;Religion & God ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Having been elected President, one of my first acts was to send the Pope a cable: “Unpack!” Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He surprised me. I need a day to surprise him. Media, Journalism & The Press
Here on earth, God’s work is our own. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
History teaches us that enmity between nations—as between individuals—do not last forever. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican.
I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as a self-governing people to hear everything relevant Media, Journalism & The Press
I am opposed to the Federal Government spending any money to sustain church schools …. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am reading it [his press coverage] more and enjoying it less. Public Relations & Image
I am sending this message to you by wire, since I want to be certain that this message reaches you in the right place at the right time. Miscellaneous
I ask you tonight ... to judge me on the basis of fourteen years in the Congress—on my declared stands against an ambassador to the Vatican, against unconstitutional aid to parochial schools, and against any boycott of the public schools (which I attended myself)—instead of judging me on the basis of these pamphlets and publications we have all seen that carefully selected quotations out of context from the statements of Catholic Church leaders, usually in other countries, frequently in other centuries, and rarely relevant to any situation here—and always omitting, of course, that statement of the American bishops in 1948 which strongly endorsed church-state separation. Religion & God
I believe in an America where the separation of Church and State is absolute—where no Catholic prelate would tell the President, should he be a Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners how to vote.... I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant or Jewish ... for while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew—or a Quaker—or a Unitarian—or a Baptist. Religion & God
I can assure you that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana. Flags & National Anthems
I can’t afford to have my Vice President who knows every reporter in town, go around saying we’re all screwed up, so we’re going to keep him happy. You are dealing with a very insecure, sensitive man with a huge ego. I want you to literally kiss his ass from one end of Washington to the other. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I cannot recall a single case where a Vice President contributed one electoral vote in a Presidential election. Voters, Voting & Elections
I can't see that it's wrong to give him a little legal experience before he goes out to practice law.
I did donate to Nixon. The biggest damn fool mistake I ever made. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I didn't think [Canadian Prime Minister John] Diefenbaker was a son of a bitch. I thought he was a prick. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I do not accept the right ... of any ecclesiastical official to tell me what I shall do in the sphere of my public responsibility as an elected official. Religion & God
I do not intend to step aside at anyone's request. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I do not speak for my church on public matters—and the church does not speak for me. Religion & God
I don’t care if it’s dog piss. It makes me feel better. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don’t care if it’s horse piss. It works! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of New York Times. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I don't think we can undo the past. … We have to do the best we can now...I don't think quotas are a good idea...I don't think quotas are a good idea. I think it is a mistake to begin to assign quotas on the basis of religion or race or color, or nationality. … We are too mixed, this society of ours, to begin to divide ourselves on the basis of race or color. Race & Race Relations
I get a headache if I don't have a woman every day. Miscellaneous
I guess this is the week that I earn my salary. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I hope that no American ... will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant. Religion & God
I hope you keep them. War & Peace
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty. States. Nations & Nationhood
I never felt the Great Depression firsthand. I learned about it at Harvard. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I never had any interest in politics. I never would have gone into politics except that when my brother died, my father insisted. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I once thought that there was some chance that a Harvard professor would know something about politics. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I think it would be a welcome reminder to every American that we can pray a good deal more at home. We can attend our churches with a good deal more fidelity. Religion & God
I want every American to stand up for his rights, even if he has to sit down for them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’m not criticizing Richard Nixon except to say that he’s a conservative. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Ich bin ein Berliner. (I am a Berliner.) Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. Society ;Poverty
If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay? Discrimination & Prejudice
If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's. Life ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election was decided on the basis that forty million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history and in the eyes of our own people Discrimination & Prejudice
If I should lose on the real issues, I shall return to my seat in the Senate satisfied that I tried my best and was fairly judged. But if this election was decided on the basis that forty million Americans lost their chance of being President on the day they were baptized, then it is the whole nation that will be the loser in the eyes of Catholics and non-Catholics around the world, in the eyes of history and in the eyes of our own people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If I’ve done nothing else for the country, I’ve saved them from Dick Nixon. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If there's more than one person—including yourself—in a room, consider anything said to be on the record and a probable headline in the morning paper. Secrecy & Transparency
If they [steel magnates] don't do well, I don't do well. Business, Commerce & Finance
If we can lower the voting age to nine, we are going to sweep the state. Voters, Voting & Elections
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Minorities & Women
If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. Minorities & Women
If you don't ride with Johnson—you'll walk. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you tell everybody that you like me better than [Richard M.] Nixon, I'll be ruined at home. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.” Equality & Equal Opportunity
In the final analysis we all inhabit the same planet, we all breath the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal. Families, Children & Parenting
In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it—the people of Vietnam. War & Peace
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility. I welcome it. Leaders & Leadership
Indians have heard fine words and promises long enough. They are right in asking for deeds. Minorities & Women
Israel carries the shield of democracy and the sword of freedom. States. Nations & Nationhood
Israel was not created in order to disappear. States. Nations & Nationhood
It is much easier in many ways for me ... when Congress is not in town. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is much easier to make the speeches than to finally make the judgments. Policy & Policy Making
It is not enough for a great nation merely to have added new years of life—our objective must also be to add new life to those years. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
It is the President alone who must make the major decisions of our foreign policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a world to be won. Leaders & Leadership
It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It was absolutely involuntary. They sank my boat. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It was the worst day of my life. Khrushchev savaged me. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It won’t go over with the WASPS. They take a dim view of looking over your shoulder at someone else’s exam paper. They go in more for stealing from stockholders and banks. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It would be premature to ask your support in the next election, and it would be inaccurate to thank you for it in the past. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It’s not a very nice solution, but a wall is a hell of a lot better than a war War & Peace
Just think of what we'll pass on to the poor fellow who comes after me. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Law alone cannot make men see right. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Law is the strongest link between man and freedom. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Leadership—not salesmanship Leaders & Leadership
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. Success ;Citizenship & Patriotism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Let public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation's need. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Negotiating & Negotiations
Let us not be afraid of debate or discussion—let us encourage it. For if we should ever abandon these basic American traditions in the name of fighting Communism, what would it profit us to win the whole world when we have lost our soul? Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. Minorities & Women
Let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our nation's future is at stake. Miscellaneous
Let’s not kid ourselves. They’ve got a very good proposal. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Lyndon takes more of the Catholic flavor off me. Second, he would help in the South. Third, it wouldn't be worthwhile being President if Lyndon were the Majority Leader. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. War & Peace
Maybe if you had printed more about the [Bay of Pigs] operation, you would have saved us from a colossal mistake. Media, Journalism & The Press
Merely responding with a “relief check” to complicated social and personal problems … is not likely to provide a lasting solution. Such a check must be supplemented with … by positive services and solutions offering the total resources of the community to meet the total needs of family to help our less fortunate citizens help themselves. Welfare
More than any other people on Earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Most of the courage shown in the war came from men’s understanding of their interdependence on each other. We must have that unity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Mothers may still want their sons to grow up to become President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
My father wouldn't care if I were a communist as long as I win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Needy children are eligible for assistance if their fathers are deceased, disabled, or family deserters. In logic and humanity, a child should also be eligible for assistance if his father is a needy unemployed worker—for example, a person who has exhausted unemployment benefits and is not receiving adequate local assistance. Welfare
Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. Environment & Environmentalism
No amount of arms and armies can help stabilize those governments which are unable or unwilling to achieve social and economic reform and development. Military pacts cannot help nations whose social injustice and economic chaos invite insurgency and penetration and subversion. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
No government is better than the men who compose it.
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Human Nature
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. Human Nature
No wonder Sukarno doesn’t like us very much. He has to sit down with people who tried to overthrow him. Intergovernmental Relations
Nuclear weapons are only good for deterring. It is insane that two men, sitting on opposite ends of the world, should be able to decide to bring an end to civilization. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Obviously, Miss Craig, not enough. Minorities & Women
On your willingness to contribute part of your life to this country…will depend the answer whether a free society can compete. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our duty as a party is not to our party alone, but to the nation and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.. Political Parties & Machines
Our true test is not between tax reduction on the one hand and the avoidance of Federal deficits on the other. It is increasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget—just as it never will produce enough jobs or enough profits. Taxes
Peace is the necessary rational end of rational men. War & Peace
Political action is the highest responsibility of a citizen. Citizenship & Patriotism
Public welfare … must be directed increasingly toward prevention and rehabilitation—on reducing not only the long range costs in budgetary terms but the long range costs in human terms as well. Welfare
Race has no place in American life or law. Discrimination & Prejudice
She's got five children, doesn't she. I can't ask that. We'll just have to give up the seat. Political Parties & Machines
So you want this fucking job. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
So young and so wrong. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sometimes party loyalty asks too much. Political Parties & Machines ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Tell them to fly. Discrimination & Prejudice
That guy is really good. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The American farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything he buys at retail, sells everything he sells at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
The American is by nature optimistic. Human Nature
The basis of effective government is public confidence. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The consumer is the only man in our economy without a high-powered lobbyist in Washington. Lobbying & Special Interests
The country is as strong abroad only as it's strong at home. Foreign Trade
The decision to use any kind of nuclear weapon, even the tactical ones, presents such a risk of it getting out of control so quickly … Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
the deterrent ratio might well shift to the Soviets so heavily, during the years of the [missile] gap, as to open to them a shortcut to world domination... Their missile power will be the shield from behind which they will slowly, but surely, advance... Defense & National Security
The effective supervision and surveillance of the lobbyist remains as the continuing challenge to the people and the Congress. Lobbying & Special Interests
The Federal Government is the people and the budget is a reflection of their need Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The fires of discord are busy in every city. Redress is sought in the street, in demonstrations, parades and protests which create tensions and threaten violence. We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
The goal [of disarmament] is no longer a dream. It is a practical matter of life or death. The risks inherent in disarmament pale in comparison to the risks inherent in an unlimited arms race... Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The great enemy of the truth is often not the lie ... but the myth. Miscellaneous
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and realistic. Propaganda & Disinformation
The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Terrorism
The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The human mind is our fundamental resource. Human Nature
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of us all. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of us all. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The light of freedom in Berlin will continue to shine brightly for many years. We are at your side as before and will continue to stay, Until truly there is goodwill among men, not walls to divide them, our pursuit of peace shall continue Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us Citizenship & Patriotism
The mere absence of war is not peace. War & Peace
The most powerful single force in the world today…man’s eternal desire to be free and independent. Freedom & Liberty
The most serious domestic matter facing the United States today is the decline in agricultural income
The new frontier is here whether we seek it or not. Miscellaneous
The New Generation Offers a Leader Slogans & Mottoes
The presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass-destruction—constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas... Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The Presidency is the vital center of action in America. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The president today is the seat of all power. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The question really is what action we take which lessens the chances of a nuclear exchange, which obviously is the final failure…. You have:, A blockade without any declaration of war A blockade with a declaration of war Strikes One, Two and Three We’ve got invasion Policy & Policy Making ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The real wealth of a nation resides in its farms and factories and the people who man them. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The rights of all men are diminished when the rights of any man is threatened. Discrimination & Prejudice
The rights of all of us are diminished when the rights of any one of us are threatened. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The sad fact is that it looks more and more as if our national sport is not playing at all—but watching. Parks & Recreation
The Soviet Union prepared to test [nuclear weapons] while we were at the table negotiating with them. If they fooled us once it is their fault; if they fool us twice, it is our fault. Negotiating & Negotiations
The supreme reality of our time is ... the vulnerability of this planet. Environment & Environmentalism
The team doesn't run for the presidency, one man runs for the presidency. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century. Leaders & Leadership
The trouble with Northern liberals is that they want their arses kissed all the time … but I can’t spend all my time doing it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The United States has to move very fast to even stand still. Development & Growth
The United States supports the idea that every people should have the right to make a free choice as to the kind of government they want. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. War & Peace
The war against hunger is truly mankind's war of liberation. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
The whole issue of race and discrimination is a moral issue. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The Wizard of Ooze Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The worse I do the more popular I get. Public Opinion & Polling
There are no "white" or "colored" signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle. Minorities & Women
There is a limitation upon the ability of the U. S. to solve these problems [of foreign policy]. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is a very easy remedy. That is to pray ourselves. Religion & God
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. It’s very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair. Equality & Equal Opportunity
There is no sense in putting the office of the President on the line on an issue and then being defeated. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
They even cut your hair free of charge. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
They fucked us and we've got to try and fuck them. Business, Commerce & Finance
This is one country. It has become that way because all people who have come here had an equal right to develop their talent. Equality & Equal Opportunity
This is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required Foreign Aid
Today, should total war ever break out again — no matter how — our two countries would become the primary targets. It is an ironic but accurate fact that the two strongest powers are the two in the most danger of devastation. All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours. War & Peace
Until all the powerful are just, the weak will be secure only in the strength of this assembly. United Nations
Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. Human Nature
Washington is a city of Northern charm and Southern efficiency. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities…. This nation … will not be fully free until all its citizens are free. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We are not against any man—or any nation—or any system—except as it is hostile to freedom. Freedom & Liberty
We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. Freedom & Liberty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We cannot negotiate with those who say, "What's mine is mine, and what's yours is negotiable. Negotiating & Negotiations
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. Arms Race & Disarmament
We do not want an official state church. If ninety-nine percent of the population were Catholics, I would still be opposed to it. I do not want civil power combined with religious power. Religion & God
We don't have a prayer of staying in Vietnam. But I can't give up a piece of territory as big as South Vietnam and still have the people re-elect me. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace ;Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We face . . . a moral crisis as a country and as a people,” said the president. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution . . . peaceful and constructive for all. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We got to hit the country while the country's hot. That's the only thing that makes any impression to these goddamned senators.... We don't want to wait just for their convenience.... They'll move as the country moves. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have to keep the old man’s money coming into the campaign but keep him out of it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We know enough about broken negotiations, secret preparations and the [Soviet] advantage gained from a long test series never to offer again an uninspected moratorium. Negotiating & Negotiations
We must bear a good deal of responsibility for it. The way he was killed make it particularly abhorrent…. I should not have given my consent to it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We must not force an adversary into a choice between humiliating defeat and nuclear war. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We observe today, not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
We stand today at the edge of a new frontier—the frontier of the 1960's. Slogans & Mottoes
Wealth is the means and people are the ends. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Well gentlemen, today we are going to earn our pay. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Well, any time they would like to take over this job, they can have it. Media, Journalism & The Press
What would Alex Rose do to us in the next election, Jackie? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When I was a boy, there were three influences on children. The school, the family, and the church. Now there is a fourth---television. Families, Children & Parenting
When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When things don't go well they like to blame the Presidents, and that is one of the things that President's are paid for. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
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. Management & Managing Government
When we walk everyday on the razor-edge of danger, a peace-loving people do not want a trigger-happy President in the White House. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When you have 7 percent unemployed, you have 93 percent working. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Why can a Communist eat at a lunch counter in Selma, Alabama while a Black American veteran cannot? Discrimination & Prejudice
Why the hell didn't I know about this? Management & Managing Government
Wilbur Mills knows that he was chairman of Ways and Means before I got here and that he'll still be chairman after I've gone—and he knows I know it. Power
Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed — and no republic can survive. ... And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution. Freedom & Liberty
You are the only person here who has a right to say: "I told you so. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don't make new friends in the White House. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way. Miscellaneous
You yourself said to Khrushchev?, "You may be ahead of us in rocket thrust, but we're ahead of you in color television. I think that color television is not as important as rocket thrust. Space Exploration
A child miseducated is a child lost. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten. Life
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!' Freedom & Liberty
America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Inspiration
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. Life ;Future
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both. Power ;War & Peace
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. Freedom & Liberty
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.
For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. Life ;Future
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. Future ;History
I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.
I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters - and the church does not speak for me.
I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant. Hope
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. Citizenship & Patriotism
I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. Society ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians. Women ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I'm an idealist without illusions.
In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. Time ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it. History ;Freedom & Liberty
Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom. Hope ;Success
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. War & Peace
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Leaders & Leadership
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace. Time ;War & Peace
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
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. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. War & Peace
Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. Families, Children & Parenting
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place. Power
Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life. Life
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
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. Future
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.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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.
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
The best road to progress is freedom's road. Freedom & Liberty
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. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. Life
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Truth
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Truth
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. 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. Freedom & Liberty
The pay is good and I can walk to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. Time
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. Society
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. Life ;Power ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just. War & Peace
There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
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. Life ;War & Peace
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. Motivation
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. War & Peace
To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust. Future ;Trust
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. War & Peace
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. Success
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. War & Peace
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
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. Truth
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.
We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last. Power ;History
We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. Time
We need a nation of minutemen – citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life, and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;Guns & Gun Control
We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination. War & Peace
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier - the frontier of the 1960's - a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils - a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. History
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. Power ;Literature, Writers & Writing
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
Why should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure?