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By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

To further the appreciation of culture among all the people, to increase respect for the creative individual, to widen participation by all the processes and fulfillments of artthis is one of the fascinating challenges of these days.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

This is not a time to keep the facts from the people-to keep them complacent. To sound the alarm is not to panic but to seek action from an aroused public. For, as the poet Dante once said: 'The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I am flatly opposed to appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican. Whatever advantages it might have in Rome - and I'm not convinced of these - they would be more than offset by the divisive effect at home.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

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!'

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty...an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves his nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Partnership is not a posture but a process-a continuous process that grows stronger each year as we devote ourselves to common tasks.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers.. I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

And a revolution of automation finds machines replacing men in the mines and mills of America, without replacing their incomes or their training or their needs to pay the family doctor, grocer and landlord.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John F Kennedy

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. It was Virginia's harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson's statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim- -but tomorrow it may be you--until 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 end--where all men and all churches are treated as equal--where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice--where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind--and 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 believe--a 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. ... This is the kind of America I believe in--and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we may have a "divided loyalty," that we did "not believe in liberty," or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened the "freedoms for which our forefathers died.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Je me sens vraiment entre amis. (I feel that I am truly among friends.)

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking his blessing and his help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

In whatever area in life one may meet the challenges of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience - the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men - each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient - they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Malthus argued a century and a half ago that man, by using up all his available resources, would forever press on the limits of subsistence, thus condemning humanity to an indefinite future of misery and poverty. We can now begin to hope and, I believe, know that Malthus was expressing not a law of nature, but merely the limitation then of scientific and social wisdom. The truth or falsity of his prediction will depend now, with the tools we have, on our own actions, now and in the years to come.

By Anonym 16 Sep

John F Kennedy

I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came. [Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

If you look throughout human history ... the central epiphany of every religious tradition always occurs in the wilderness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

The life of the arts is far from an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose-and is a test of the quality of a nations' civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Science contributes to our culture in many ways, as a creative intellectual activity in its own right, as the light which has served to illuminate man's place in the universe, and as the source of understanding of man's own nature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Our true choice is not between tax reduction on the one hand and the avoidance of large 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 will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We had a dog who was named Pushinka, who was given to my father by a Soviet official. And we trained that dog to slide down the slide we had in the back of the White House. Sliding the dog down that slide is probably my first memory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Lobbyists are in many cases expert technicians and capable of explaining complex and difficult subjects in a clear, understandable fashion. They engage in personal discussions with Members of Congress in which they can explain in detail the reasons for positions they advocate. Because our congressional representation is based on geographical boundaries, the lobbyists who speak for the various economic, commercial, and other functional interests of this country serve a very useful purpose and have assumed an important role in the legislative process.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

Those [presidents] who were strongest intellectually were also strongest spiritually.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention and the first wave of nuclear power. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be part of it-we mean to lead it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Race has no place in American life or law.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project...will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important...and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured - perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in - for that should be important only to me - but what kind of America I believe in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

The physical fitness of our citizens is a vital prerequisite to America's realization of its full potential as a nation, and to the opportunity of each individual citizen to make full and fruitful use of his capacities.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can, if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers, offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough jobs or enough profits

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

The labor movement is people. Our unions have brought millions of men and women together, made them members one of another, and given them common tools for common goals. Their goals are goals for all America - and their enemies are the enemies for progress. The two cannot be separated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Political sovereignty is but a mockery without the means of meeting poverty and illiteracy and disease. Self-determination is but a slogan if the future holds no hope.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget.