John F. Kennedy was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States.

Kennedy was president during the height of the Cold War, and most of his time in office was spent dealing with the Soviet Union and Cuba.

Prior to becoming president, he was a member of the Kennedy family and a Democrat who represented Massachusetts in both chambers of Congress.

We have curated a list of the best quotes from John F. Kennedy for you.


Best John F. Kennedy Quotes

1. “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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

3. “If not us, who? If not now, when?” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

4. “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).

5. “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

6. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

7. “The rising tide lifts all the boats.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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

9. “To those whom much is given, much is expected.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

10. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

11. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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12. “Change is the law of life.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

13. “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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14. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

15. “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).

16. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

17. “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

18. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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

20. “Man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

21. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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22. “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).

23. “Civility is not a sign of weakness.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

24. “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

25. “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).

26. “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).

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27. “There is nothing more certain and unchanging than uncertainty and change.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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

29. “All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

30. “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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

32. “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).

33. “Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

34. “Life isn’t fair. In never was and never will be.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

35. “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

36. “And with privilege goes responsibility.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

37. “Most cities are nouns. New York’s a verb.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

38. “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).

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39. “Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

40. “We celebrate the past to awaken the future.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

41. “Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

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42. “Our task is not to fix blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

43. “I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

44. “No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

45. “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

46. “Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

47. “Never let your fears hold you back from pursuing your hopes.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

48. “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

49. “The human mind is our fundamental resource.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).

50. “Physical Fitness is the basis for all other forms of excellence.” ~ (John F. Kennedy).


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