JFK Quotes

JFK Quotes

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

   —John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

   —John F. Kennedy


John F. Kennedy’s Speeches: JFK’s Legacy as America’s 35th President




The Greatest Speeches of John F. Kennedy, America’s 35th President

L.D.C. Fitzgerald, has transcribed JFK’s most memorable speeches, and grouped them by historical topic.

With Fitzgerald’s commentary adding geopolitical context, the speeches tell a riveting tale of the tumultuous era of Kennedy’s 1961-1963 presidency. Through JFK’s written and spoken words, the reader will live (or relive) the momentous events of his time.



John F. Kennedy Moon Speech

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

   —John F. Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

   —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


John F. Kennedy White House color portrait

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

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

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.

   —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

We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work.

   —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

Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I’m the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.

   —John F. Kennedy

I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.

   —John F. Kennedy

I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.

   —John F. Kennedy

Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger’s skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas.

   —John F. Kennedy

My brother Bob doesn’t want to be in government – he promised Dad he’d go straight.

   —John F. Kennedy

I look forward to a great future for America – 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

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

   —John F. Kennedy

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.

   —John F. Kennedy

Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

   —John F. Kennedy

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.

   —John F. Kennedy


John F. Kennedy Moon Speech

In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

   —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

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!”

   —John F. Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

   —John F. Kennedy



Enter Saving Jackie K, an upside-down world where Soviet henchmen botched their mission to eliminate John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, slaying his wife Jackie instead. The unthinkable crime incites Americans and triggers an unending war with Russia . . .


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