John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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  • ''I never know when I press these whether I am going to blow up Massachusetts or start the project.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, September 1963, at airport in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Kennedy pulled the switch to activate generators at the Green River in the Colorado River basin, 150 miles distant.
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  • ''It was involuntary. They sank my boat.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. A Thousand Days, ch. 4, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1965). On being asked by a small boy how he became a war hero.
  • ''Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. attributed in The Harper Book of American Quotations, eds. Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich (1988). The quote has also been ascribed to Robert Kennedy.
  • ''If we cannot end now 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 D.C.. Commencement address, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963. Referring to Russo-American relations.
  • ''If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Jan. 20, 1961, Washington D.C.. Inaugural address, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961.
  • ''Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Jan. 20, 1961. inaugural address, quoted in Kennedy, pt. 3, ch. 9, Theodore C. Sorenson (1965).
  • ''Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. quoted in Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Imperial Presidency, ch. 11, sct. 7 (1973).
  • ''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.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Bill Adler, "The Presidency," The Wit of President Kennedy (1964). To a group of women delegates to the United Nations who had suggested that there might one day be a woman President.
  • ''Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person between Nixon and the White House.''
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. quoted in Kennedy, pt. 2, ch. 7, Theodore C. Sorensen (1965). Teasing remark to a liberal supporter during the 1960 election campaign. In the event, Nixon won 49.6 percent of the total vote, giving Kennedy the narrowest victory in a presidential election since 1888.
  • ''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 Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, June 26, 1963, West Berlin, Germany. quoted in Kennedy, pt. 5, ch. 21, Theodore C. Sorenson (1965). The words recall Cicero: Civis Romanus sum—"I am a Roman citizen." (In Verrem, speech 5).

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