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By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

A country is as strong, really, as its citizens. And I think that mental and physical health - mental and physical vigor - go hand in hand.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John F Kennedy

To be courageous, these stories make clear, requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place and circumstance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect, but we have never had to put up a wall to keep our people in.

By Anonym 18 Sep

John F Kennedy

The highest duty of the writer is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We cannot reform the world.... Uncle Sugar is as dangerous a role for us to play as Uncle Shylock.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

It is in the American tradition to stand up for one's rights--even if the new way to stand up for one's rights is to sit down.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I believe in an America ... where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches, or any other ecclesiastical source.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

When consumers purchase more goods, plants use more of their capacity, men are hired instead of laid off, investment increases, and profits are high. Corporate tax rates must also be cut to increase incentives and the availability of investment capital.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Remember that our nation's first great leaders were also our first great scholars.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

No one gains from fair employment law and legislation if there is no employment to be had.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

But I think it is also important that we pay tribute and acknowledge another great principle, and that is the principle of religious conviction. Religious freedom has no significance unless it is accompanied by conviction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Justice delayed is democracy denied.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Football today is far too much a sport for the few who can play it well; the rest of us, and too many of our children, get out exercise from climbing up the seats in stadiums, or from walking across the room to turn on our television sets.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

What we seek to advance, what we seek to develop in all of our colleges and universities, are educated men and women who can bear the burdens of responsible citizenship, who can make judgments about life as it is, and as it must be, and encourage the people to make those decisions which can bring not only prosperity and security, but happiness to the people of the United Sates and those who depend upon it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Members of the Congress, the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. We are all trustees for the American people, custodians of the American heritage. It is my task to report the State of the Union--to improve it is the task of us all.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John F Kennedy

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. [State of the Union Address January 11 1962]

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Race has no place in American life or law.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Forbidden fruit tastes sweet, but its aftertaste is bitter.

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

But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.

By Anonym 13 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 is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is 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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

John F Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." [Remarks on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, 13 March 1962]

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgement. The artist... faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an offensive state.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

And if we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example. The President himself must set the key example. I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

The only unchangable certainty in life is that nothing is unchangable or certain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound gods.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

If I had to live my life over again, I would have a different father, a different wife and a different religion.

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

We must live our lives in such a way that our children, and their children after them, will form a natural and lasting commitment to the vigorous life. Only in this way can we be assured that the spirit and strength of America will be constantly replenished.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

There's an old saying. Never send a boy to do a man's job, send a lady.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

Any danger spot is tenable if men, brave men, will make it so.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

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, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

If somebody harbours delusions, I think that should disqualify them from office, regardless whether the delusions are religious. Letting someone who thinks the god Jehovah will bail him out serve in public office is like letting a man who believes in Santa Claus run a Toys 'R Us. The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe. The survival of our friends is in danger. And yet no war has been declared, no borders have been crossed by marching troops, no missiles have been fired.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

When things don't go well they like to blame presidents; and that's something that presidents are paid for.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John F Kennedy

Lofty words cannot construct an alliance or maintain it; only concrete deeds can do that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John F Kennedy

At the start of 2005 the idea of downloading a song to a mobile phone was an idea, by the end of the year it was a reality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John F Kennedy

Will Rogers once said it is not the original investment in a Congressman that counts; it is the upkeep.