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And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what, together, we can do for the freedom of man. John F. Kennedy

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Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy

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

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

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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Failure has no friends. John F. Kennedy

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

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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. John F. Kennedy

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The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy

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Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolutewhere no Catholic prelate would tell the President how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to votewhere no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preferenceand where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him. I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewishwhere no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical sourcewhere no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officialsand where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all. 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 Jewor a Quakeror a Unitarianor a Baptist. It was Virginias harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jeffersons statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victimbut tomorrow it may be youuntil the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril. Finally, I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday endwhere all men and all churches are treated as equalwhere every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choicewhere there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kindand where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood. That is the kind of America in which I believe. And it represents the kind of Presidency in which I believea great office that must neither be humbled by making it the instrument of any one religious group nor tarnished by arbitrarily withholding its occupancy from the members of any one religious group. 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. John F. Kennedy

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

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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. John F. Kennedy

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The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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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. John F. Kennedy

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Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy