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The Best John F. Kennedy Quotes

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A list of the best John F. Kennedy quotes. This list is arranged by which famous JFK quotes and sayings have received the most votes, so only the greatest John F. Kennedy quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from John F. Kennedy should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable John F. Kennedy quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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

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    Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

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

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

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

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    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.

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    Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.

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    The world is very different now. For man holds in his hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.

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

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    A child miseducated is a child lost.

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

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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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    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.

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    The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.

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    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, not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

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    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.

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    Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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    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.

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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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    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.

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    We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.

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    Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

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    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.