John F. Kennedy Quotes


quotes by john f kennedy

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

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

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

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

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

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

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

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

Libraries should be open to all - except the censor.

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

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.

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

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.

Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.

Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.