John F. Kennedy

The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear. - John F. Kennedy

There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. - John F. Kennedy

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. - John F. Kennedy

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

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. - John F. Kennedy

A police state finds that it cannot command the grain to grow. - John F. Kennedy

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

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. - John F. Kennedy

Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. - John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind. - John F. Kennedy

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process. - John F. Kennedy

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

When you have seven percent unemployed, you have ninety-three percent working. - John F. Kennedy

I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. - John F. Kennedy

A child miseducated is a child lost. - John F. Kennedy

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

If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity.  - 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.  - John F. Kennedy

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. - John F. Kennedy

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

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. - John F. Kennedy

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought. - John F. Kennedy

The stories of past courage... can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul. - John F. Kennedy

Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hand the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas. - John F. Kennedy

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

All of this will not be finished in the first one hundred days, nor will it be finished in the first one 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

Forgive your enemies but never forget their names. - John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. - John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty. - John F. Kennedy

I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it.  - John F. Kennedy when asked what is his favorite so