Quotes by John F. Kennedy


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

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

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
– John F. Kennedy
A child miseducated is a child lost.
– John F. Kennedy
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
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
– John F. Kennedy
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.
– John F. Kennedy
A revolution is coming - a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough - but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character, we cannot alter its inevitability.
– John F. Kennedy
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.
– John F. Kennedy
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
All this will not be finished in the first hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
– John F. Kennedy
America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.
– John F. Kennedy
Art, that great undogmatized church.
– John F. Kennedy
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
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
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
– John F. Kennedy
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
– John F. Kennedy
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
– John F. Kennedy
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
– John F. Kennedy
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
– John F. Kennedy