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

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

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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

For time and the world do not stand still.
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

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

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

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

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

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

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

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

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Do not pray for easy lives.
Pray to be stronger men.
- 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 greater our knowledge increases
the more our ignorance unfolds.
- John F. Kennedy

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process,
gradually changing opinions,
slowly eroding old barriers,
quietly building new structures.
- John F. Kennedy

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

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

The human mind is our fundamental resource.
- 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

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

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

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government -
he promised Dad he'd go straight.
- John F. Kennedy

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president,
but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
- 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

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

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness,
is a menace to our security.
- John F. Kennedy

The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
- John F. Kennedy

History is a relentless master.
It has no present, only the past rushing into the future.
To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
- John F. Kennedy

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace
only by preparing for war.
- John F. Kennedy

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

The world is very different now.
For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish
all forms of human poverty,
and all forms of human life.
- 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.
- 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

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
- 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

Let us seek to invoke the wonders of science ...
explore the stars, conquer the deserts,
eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths,
and encourage the arts and commerce.
- 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

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

We would like to live as we once lived,
but history will not permit it.
- John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
- John F. Kennedy

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
- William Shakespeare

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

Every man must decide whether he will
walk in the light of creative altruism
or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


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