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60 Best Quotes by John F. Kennedy

Quotes by John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was commonly known as Jack Kennedy or JFK by his initials. He was a powerful American politician and 35th President of the United States. He conferred the Nuclear Test-Ban agreement as well as instigated the Alliance for Progress and was murdered in 1963. Here is a list of top quotes by John F. Kennedy.

John F Kennedy Quotes

  1. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
  2. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
  3. “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” – John F. Kennedy
  4. “The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – John F. Kennedy
  5. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
  6. “A child miseducated is a child lost.” – John F. Kennedy
  7. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy
  8. “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
  9. “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” – John F. Kennedy
  10. “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” – John F. Kennedy
  11. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy
  12. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
  13. “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy
  14. “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” – John F. Kennedy
  15. “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.” – John F. Kennedy
  16. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy
  17. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” – John F. Kennedy
  18. “Ask not what your country can do for you… ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
  19. “We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.” – John F. Kennedy
  20. “Children ate the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” – John F. Kennedy
  21. “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.” – John F. Kennedy
  22. “I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.” – John F. Kennedy
  23. “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” – John F. Kennedy
  24. “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
  25. “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” – John F. Kennedy
  26. “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” – John F. Kennedy
  27. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy
  28. “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” – John F. Kennedy
  29. “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy
  30. “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” – John F. Kennedy
  31. “There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” – John F. Kennedy
  32. “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” – John F. Kennedy
  33. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy
  34. “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.” – John F. Kennedy
  35. “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” – John F. Kennedy
  36. “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy
  37. “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.” – John F. Kennedy
  38. “The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.” – John F. Kennedy
  39. “In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.” – John F. Kennedy
  40. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
  41. “Failure has no friends.” – John F. Kennedy
  42. “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy
  43. “The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.” – John F. Kennedy
  44. “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
  45. “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
  46. “We prefer world law, in the age of self-determination, to world war in the age of mass extermination.” – John F. Kennedy
  47. “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.” – John F. Kennedy
  48. “For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.” – John F. Kennedy
  49. “Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” – John F. Kennedy
  50. “The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” – John F. Kennedy
  51. “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.” – John F. Kennedy
  52. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shinning.” – John F. Kennedy
  53. “Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy
  54. “We hold the view that the people make the best judgment in the long run.” – John F. Kennedy
  55. “It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” – John F. Kennedy
  56. “The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.” – John F. Kennedy
  57. “It is time for a new generation of leadership, to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.” – John F. Kennedy
  58. “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.” – John F. Kennedy
  59. “The human mind is our fundamental resource.” – John F. Kennedy
  60. “We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.” – John F. Kennedy

Above are few of the best quotes by John F. Kennedy, if you have more of his quotes do add in the comments section.