44 John F Kennedy Quotes On Life, Politics And More

John F Kennedy quotes have always been popular around the web, for they reflect his political life. Born on May 29, 1917, in Massachusetts, U.S., John F Kennedy was graduated from Harvard University in 1940 and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1941, the 35th President of the United States (from January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963), famously referred to by his initials JFK, served as an American Politician served at the height of the Cold War.

During his term in 1962, U.S. spy planes discovered that Soviet missile bases had been deployed in Cuba; the resulting period of tensions, termed the Cuban Missile Crisis, resulted in the breakout of a global thermonuclear conflict. Domestically, Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps and supported the civil rights movement, but was only somewhat successful. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Jack Ruby. Later that day, Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president and two days later his murderer Jack Ruby was sentenced to death. Here are the best John F. Kennedy quotes on life, politics and more.

1. Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. – John F. Kennedy

2. My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight. – John F. Kennedy

3. 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.  – John F. Kennedy

4. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future. – John F. Kennedy

5. 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. – John F. Kennedy

6. 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. – John F. Kennedy

7. The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. – John F. Kennedy

8. Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. – John F. Kennedy

9. The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. – John F. Kennedy

10. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. – John F. Kennedy

11. 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!’ – John F. Kennedy

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

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

14. Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met—obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.- John F. Kennedy

15. We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it. – John F. Kennedy

16. The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable. ― John F. Kennedy

17. 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. – John F. Kennedy

18. The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds. –  John F. Kennedy

19. There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live. ― John F. Kennedy

20. Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life. – John F. Kennedy quotes

21. 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. – John F. Kennedy

22. In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. – John F. Kennedy

23. If not us, who? If not now, when?- John F. Kennedy

24. Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.- John F. Kennedy

25. When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy

26. Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. – John F. Kennedy

27. 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

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

29. A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. – John F. Kennedy

30. 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

31. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. – John F. Kennedy

32. 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

33. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. – John F. Kennedy

34. The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. ― John F. Kennedy

35. I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. – John F. Kennedy

36. Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. – John F. Kennedy

37. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. – John F. Kennedy

38. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.- John F. Kennedy

39. A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. – John F. Kennedy

40. Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. – John F. Kennedy

41. Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. – John F. Kennedy

42. 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

43. I’m an idealist without illusions. – John F. Kennedy

44. The pay is good and I can walk to work. – John F. Kennedy

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Nakul Grover

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