110+ Inspirational John F. Kennedy Quotes [2021] Former President of the United States

110+ Inspirational John F. Kennedy Quotes [2021] Former President of the United States

John F. Kennedy was an American Politician and Former President of the United States.

He served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination on November 22, 1963.

The Kennedy family is one of the most acclaimed political families in the United States, having produced a president, three senators, three ambassadors, and many other representatives and politicians at the federal and state level.

We've put together an incredible collection of John F. Kennedy quotes to read.

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List of Inspiring John F. Kennedy Quotes

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


The life of the arts is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization. - John F Kennedy


Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. - John F Kennedy


I look forward to a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose. - John F Kennedy


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


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


Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. - John F Kennedy


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


We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - 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


Libraries should be open to all - except the censor. - John F Kennedy


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. - John F Kennedy


One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. - John F Kennedy


The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger-but recognize the opportunity. - John F Kennedy


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


The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. - John F Kennedy


Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. - John F Kennedy


We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. - John F Kennedy


Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. - John F Kennedy


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


Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain. - 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


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


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


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. - John F Kennedy


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


We cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable. - John F Kennedy


I'm an idealist without illusions. - John F Kennedy


Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color. - John F Kennedy


Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. - 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


We need men who can dream of things that never were. - John F Kennedy


The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. - John F Kennedy


For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal. - John F Kennedy


All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. - John F Kennedy


The most powerful single force in the world today is neither Communism nor Capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent. - John F Kennedy


We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came. - John F Kennedy


We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. - John F Kennedy


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


Once you say you're going to settle for a second, that's what happens to you in life, I find. - John F Kennedy


The rising tide lifts all the boats. - John F Kennedy


A boy spends his time finding a girl to sleep with. A real man spends his time looking for the one worth waking up to. - John F Kennedy


If not us, who? If not now, when? - John F Kennedy


There is, in addition to courage with which men die; courage by which men must live. - John F Kennedy


The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet. - John F Kennedy


Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future. - 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


Whether they be young in spirit, or young in age, the members of the Democratic Party must never lose that youthful zest for new ideas and for a better world, which has made us great. - John F Kennedy


Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves. - John F Kennedy


I was born an American, I live like an American, I will die an American. - John F Kennedy


A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. - John F Kennedy


Immigration policy should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience. - John F Kennedy


Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. - John F Kennedy


For, in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. - John F Kennedy


If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live. - John F Kennedy


Just because we cannot see clearly the end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey. - John F Kennedy


Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us. - John F Kennedy


Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside. - John F Kennedy


The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. - John F Kennedy


A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers. - John F Kennedy


So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. - John F Kennedy


Time and the world do not standstill. Change is the law of life. - John F Kennedy


The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were. - John F Kennedy


I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. - John F Kennedy


Great crisis produces great men and great deeds of courage. - John F Kennedy


Things don't just happen. They are made to happen. - John F Kennedy


We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy


No American is ever made better off by pulling a fellow American down, and all of us are made better off whenever any one of us is made better off. - John F Kennedy


Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. - John F Kennedy


The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. - John F Kennedy


When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. - John F Kennedy


The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable. - John F Kennedy


When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. - John F Kennedy


Do not pray for easy lives. Prey to be stronger men. - John F Kennedy


We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. - John F Kennedy


It is a compromise that prevents each set of reformers from crushing the group at the other end of the political spectrum. - John F Kennedy


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. - John F Kennedy


War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today. - John F Kennedy


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


We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. - John F Kennedy


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


Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. - John F Kennedy


Truth is a tyrant-the only tyrant to whom we can give our allegiance. The service of truth is a matter of heroism. - John F Kennedy


The greater our knowledge increases the greater our ignorance unfolds. - John F Kennedy


All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents. - John F Kennedy


The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose - and is a test to the quality of a nation's civilization. - John F Kennedy


I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times. - John F Kennedy


We cannot negotiate with those who say, 'What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable. - John F Kennedy


The highest duty of the writer is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may. In serving his vision of the truth the artist best serves his nation. - John F Kennedy


Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. - 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 or dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our Nation. - John F Kennedy


The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth. - John F Kennedy


Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. - John F Kennedy


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


Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. - John F Kennedy


Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty. - John F Kennedy


I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises. - John F Kennedy


Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. - John F Kennedy


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


Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us. - John F Kennedy


Our problems are man-made, therefore they can be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. - John F Kennedy


Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. - John F Kennedy


We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. - John F Kennedy


For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon, and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. - John F Kennedy


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


Probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone. - John F Kennedy


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


Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder. - John F Kennedy


We, in this country, in this generation, are - by destiny rather than by choice - the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. - John F Kennedy


You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. - John F Kennedy


Every dollar released from taxation, that is spent or invested, will create a new job and a new salary. - John F Kennedy

Pat Walls,  Founder of Starter Story

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