Posts Tagged ‘John F. Kennedy’

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 15, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on the free exchange of ideas

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.  For 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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Quote of the day, Sept. 30

September 30, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on books (1960)

“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty.”

Quote of the day, March 10

March 10, 2017

John F. Kennedy, on peace

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 1

November 30, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on history (1963)

“There is an old saying that things don’t happen, they are made to happen. And we in our years have to make the same wise judgments about what policies will ensure us a growing prosperity as were made in the years before. The whole experience between two world wars, which were so tragic for this country, should tell us that we cannot leave it to mere chance and accident. It requires the long range judgment of all of us, the public judgment, not only the pursuit of our private interests but the public judgment of what it takes to keep 180 million people gradually rising. And anyone who thinks it can be done by accident and chance should look back on the history of 1919 to 1939 to know what can happen when we let natural forces operate completely freely.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 7

November 7, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on war

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

Quote of the day, Oct. 1

October 1, 2016

John F. Kennedy, on democracy (1962)

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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.”

Quote of the day Nov. 22

November 22, 2015

John F. Kennedy (1963)

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

Quote of the day, Nov. 22

November 22, 2014

John F. Kennedy (1961)

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

Quote of the day, June 8

June 8, 2014

John F. Kennedy, on poverty (1961)

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

Quote of the day, June 13

June 13, 2012

John F. Kennedy, on happiness

“The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.”