John Fitzgerald Kennedy He was born on May 29, 1917 in one of the richest families in the United States. He was the youngest person to be named president of the United States with 44 years and is one of the best known politicians in modern history.
As the 35th president of the United States of America, and played a fundamental role in removing the country from the stalemate in which it was after World War II. His economic reforms, his strong support for civil rights and his commitment to space exploration programs allowed him to gain popularity quickly. Being the leader of one of the two superpowers after World War II, JFK faced the Soviet Union in the Cold War. From the failed attempt to overthrow the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba, through supporting the Western Bloc in Berlin, until the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis without armed conflict, JFK was at the heart of several key historical events during his tenure as President of the United States.
Unfortunately, John F. Kennedy died the fateful November 22, 1963 in Texas, when Lee Harvey Oswald shot him and killed him, an unfortunate fact that made JFK the youngest president to die. Despite his short time at the White House, the decorated war veteran remains among the most beloved presidents of the United States for his relentless efforts to improve the country and the world.
Today, we have brought you some of his most notable quotes on politics, war, peace and life.
JFK famous quote
Our problems are man made; Therefore, they can be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
A badly educated child is a lost child.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve much.
The only immutable certainty is that nothing is immutable or certain.
A man can die, nations can go up and down, but an idea is still alive.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Mankind must end the war before the war ends humanity.
The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but a mixture of triumph and tragedy is no less magnificent.
The more our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance develops.
The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
Efforts and courage are not enough without a purpose and direction.
We must never negotiate for fear. But we should never fear to negotiate.
There are risks and costs in every action. But they are much less than the long-term risks of comfortable inaction.
When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power reduces man's area of concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
When expressing our gratitude, we must never forget that the most important thing is not to pronounce the words, but to live according to them.
Those who make the peaceful revolution impossible will make the violent revolution inevitable.
For time and the world, don't stop. Change is the law of life. And those who only look to the past or the present will surely lose the future.
Victory has a thousand parents, but defeat is an orphan.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
We must use time as a tool, not as a sofa.
Peace is a daily, weekly and monthly process, which gradually changes its mind, slowly erodes old barriers and silently builds new structures.
A nation is revealed not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.
Leadership and learning are indispensable for each other.
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are injured and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.
Our progress as a nation cannot be faster than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
By granting rights to others that belong to them, we grant rights to ourselves and our country.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
Too often ... we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
World peace, like the peace of the community, does not require every man to love his neighbor; it only requires that they live together with mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful agreement.
The best path for progress is the path of freedom.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun shines.
Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is the basis of a dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
History is a relentless teacher. He has no present, only the past that rushes into the future.
Never negotiate for fear. But we never fear to negotiate.
If art must feed the roots of our culture, society must leave the artist free to follow his vision wherever he takes it.
The unity of freedom has never been based on the uniformity of opinion.
The world's problems cannot be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
I am an idealist without illusions.
We prefer world law in the era of self-determination to world war in the era of mass extermination.
A man does what he must do, despite personal consequences, despite obstacles, dangers and pressures, and that is the basis of all human morality.
I don't think intelligence reports are so hot. Some days I get more from the New York Times.
Don't ask what your country can do for you ... ask what you can do for your country.
When we arrived at the office, what surprised me most was to discover that things were as bad as we had been saying.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
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 accept this responsibility, I welcome it.
Our most basic common bond is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all value the future of our children. And we are all mortal.
I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I enjoyed it.
The great enemy of truth is often not a lie, deliberate, artificial and dishonest, but the persistent, persuasive and unrealistic myth. Too often we cling to the clichés of our ancestors. We submit all the facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private matter, none imposed by him on the nation or imposed by the nation on him as a condition for holding that office.
Once you say you're going to settle for second place, that's what happens to you in life.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can only ensure peace by preparing for war.
The ignorance of a voter in a democracy affects the safety of all.
To declare the facts frankly is not to despair of the future or accuse the past. The prudent heir makes a careful inventory of his legacies and reports faithfully to those to whom he owes an obligation of trust.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we return to the sea, either to sail or to look, we will return from where we came from.
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not interrupted by war or corruption, or both.
The war will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the military has today.
The same word "secret" is disgusting in a free and open society; and we are like people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, secret oaths and secret procedures.
Politics is like football; If you see the light of day, go through the hole.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. The economy has made us partners, and the need has made us allies. Those whom God has united in this way, may no man separate.
Internal politics can only defeat us; Foreign policy can kill us.
In a time of internal crisis, men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.
No one has been excluded by their race to fight or die for America, there are no white or colored signs in the trenches or cemeteries of the battle.
I am the candidate of the Democratic Party for the presidency, which is also a Catholic. I do not speak for my church in public affairs, and the church does not speak for me.
Let us spread the word from this moment and place, to friends and enemies alike, that the torch has passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, moderated by war, disciplined by a harsh and bitter peace.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not allow it.
If someone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All you have to be prepared to do is give your life for the president's.
Of course it's a great job; but I don't know anyone who can do better than me.