22 November 2012 - Famous Quotes - John F. Kennedy


Copyright - Clancy Tucker (c)


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President John Fitzgerald


'Jack' Kennedy


May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963


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Today is the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas - 22 November 1963. I always recall two things about President John F. Kennedy. I was playing tennis on a Saturday morning when I heard he'd been shot and killed. Then, whilst travelling through India in the early 70's, almost every home or business had two pictures hanging prominently on their walls: John F. Kennedy and Mahatma Ghandi.
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

Born: May 29, 1917, Brookline


Presidential term: January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963

Assassinated: November 22, 1963, Dallas



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NOTABLE QUOTES



"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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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.

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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

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

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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.

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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.

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

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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.

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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

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The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

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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.

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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

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A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.

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I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

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

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Pax vobiscum, Mr President.

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I'm Clancy Tucker.


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