John F. Kennedy

1917 - 1963

A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on loyalty

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Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on future and past

Our task now is not to fix the blame for the past, but fix the course for the future.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on charm, cities, and efficiency

Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on intelligence

I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on heroism

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Asked how he became a Navy hero, It was involuntary. They sank my boat.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: quoted in Schlesinger's A Thousand Days.

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on friendship, liberty, nations, success, support, survival, and wishes

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 (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on computers

Man is the most extraordinary computer of all.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on judgment

It would be premature to reach a judgment as to whether there is a gap or not a gap.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: Presidential news conference, February 8, 1961

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on america, destruction, peace, security, and weapons

The Kennedy Administration's public pronouncements on the matter suggested that the presence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Castro's Cuba would represent an unacceptable strategic threat to the United States. . . . This urgent transformation of Cuba into an important strategic base - by the presence of these large, long-range, and clearly offensive weapons of sudden mass-destruction - constitutes an explicit threat to the peace and security of all the Americas. . . .

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: a televised address to the nation, October 22, 1962

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on ability, achievement, america, defense, expectation, power, rhetoric, superiority, truth, war, and world

The so-called "missile gap", a mainstay of Cold War rhetoric, was cited by the Kennedy campaign to justify its proposed increases in defense spending. Once in power, the Kennedy Administration proved less eager to publicize the embarrassing truth, that the United States had always been in a position of nuclear superiority. In short, the deterrent ratio might well shift to the Soviets so heavily, during the years of the [missile] gap, as to open to them a shortcut to world domination. . . . In the years of the gap, the Soviets may be expected to use their superior striking ability to achieve their objective in many ways which may not require launching an actual attack. Their missile power will be the shield from behind which they will slowly, but surely, advance. . . .

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

Source: speaking before the Senate, August 14, 1958

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