90 Famous John F Kennedy Quotes

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), shortly JFK, was the 35th US president. This post has a collection of 90 prominent John F Kennedy quotes on a wide variety of topics including leadership, life, education, war, peace, country, freedom etc. Hope you’ll enjoy the following versatile JFK quotes.

Prominent John F Kennedy Quotes

Prominent John F Kennedy quotes

“Ask not what your country can do for you… ask what you can do for your country.” John F Kennedy

“In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.” John F Kennedy

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

“Freedom is being allowed to think your own thoughts and live your own life.” 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

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

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” 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

“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

Prominent John F Kennedy quotes on life

“Time and the world do not stand still. 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

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” John F Kennedy

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

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

“Those who love the twilight speak as if public education must be training in conformity, and government support of science be public aid of caution.” John F Kennedy

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” John F Kennedy

“Life’s not fair but not always to your disadvantage.” John F Kennedy (Also read Top Quotes on Life Lessons.)

We are all 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

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” John F Kennedy

“A child miseducated is a child lost.” John F Kennedy

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” John F. Kennedy

“Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” John F Kennedy

“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” John F. Kennedy

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” JFK

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F Kennedy

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” 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

“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment.” John F. Kennedy

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” John F Kennedy

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

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

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

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on.” John F Kennedy

“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.” 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

“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. 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 morality.” JFK

“The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.” John F Kennedy

“World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor—it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement. And history teaches us that enmities between nations, as between individuals, do not last forever” John F Kennedy

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

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

“The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.” John F Kennedy

“The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.” 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

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

“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

“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

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”  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

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

“Liberty without Learning is always in peril and Learning without Liberty is always in vain.” John F Kennedy

“We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.” John F Kennedy

Peace is a process – a way of solving problems.” John F Kennedy

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honours, the men it remembers.” John F Kennedy

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

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

“Only three things are real: God, human folly, and laughter. Since we can do nothing with the first two, we must do what we can with the third.”  John F. Kennedy

“In a time of turbulence and change, it is more true than ever that knowledge is power.”  JFK

“The cost of freedom is always high, but people have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” John F. Kennedy

“The rising tide lifts all the boats.”

“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”  JFK

“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

“There is, in addition to a courage with which men die; a courage by which men must live.”   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

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

“Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside” 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

“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

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

“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sure future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.” John F Kennedy

“It is compromise that prevents each set of reformers from crushing the group at the other end of the political spectrum.”  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.”

“All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents.”  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

“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

“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

“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

“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.” John F Kennedy

“You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”  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

“Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.”  John F Kennedy

“The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.” John F Kennedy

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

“Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.”  John F Kennedy

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

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

“I love her deeply and have done everything for her. I’ve no feeling of letting her down because I’ve put her foremost in everything.” John F Kennedy

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