20 Famous JFK Quotes


1) “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.”

2) “An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce enough revenue to balance our budget, just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits.”

3) “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

4) “If we cannot end our differences at least we can make the world safe for diversity.”

5) “A child miseducated is a child lost.”

6) “If scientific discovery has not been an unalloyed blessing, if it has conferred on mankind the power not only to create but also to annihilate, it has at the same time provided humanity with a supreme challenge and a supreme testing.”

7) “I am deeply touched not as deeply touched as you have been coming to this dinner, but nevertheless it is a sentimental occasion.”

8) “It is time for a new generation of leadership to cope with new problems and new opportunities. For there is a new world to be won.”

9) “Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty. While a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.”

10) “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.”


11) “The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

12) “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.”

13) “Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”

14) “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”

15) “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

16) “Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.”

17) “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

18) “Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.”

19) “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

20) “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

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