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John F. Kennedy Quotes

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), also known as JFK, was the 35th president of the United States of America. He was in office from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.


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History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.


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If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.


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The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.


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Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.


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If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.


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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.


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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.


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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.


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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.


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Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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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.


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The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.


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Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.


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The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.


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There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.


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Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.


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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.


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A child miseducated is a child lost.


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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.


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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.


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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.


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My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.


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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.


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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

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