John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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  • ''The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Commencement address, June 11, 1962, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
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  • ''I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Remark, April 29, 1962, Washington D.C.. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962. At a dinner for Nobel Prize winners.
  • ''It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds: a Harvard education and a Yale degree.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Yale commencement address (June 11, 1962). On being awarded an honorary degree.
  • ''Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Address, May 17, 1961, to Canadian Parliament, Ottawa.
  • ''Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 3, 1963, to NATO.
  • ''Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. address, Sept. 25, 1961, to the U.N. General Assembly. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961.
  • ''We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Sept. 27, 1962, Wheeling, West Virginia.
  • ''The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, May 18, 1963, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • ''When written in Chinese the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. president. Speech, April 12, 1959, Indianapolis.
  • ''If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, June 10, 1963, American University, Washington, DC, on Russo-American relations.

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