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The Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, a. Advanced timed tickets are required. Learn more. Below is a selected list of quotations by John F. Kennedy, arranged alphabetically by topic. Note : Parenthetical s in the titles of presidential speeches and news conferences refer to item s in the Public Papers of the Presidents.
For more information please contact Kennedy. Library nara. Have a research question? Ask an Archivist. Kennedy, Let us And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, at this time, took the first step. Papers of John F. Pre-Presidential Papers. Kennedy Presidential Library. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age Elizabeth also the age of Shakespeare. Then-Senator John Kennedy's answer was dated September 13, and published in the October issue of the magazine.
I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. We have done both an injustice. The life of the artist is, in relation to his work, stern and lonely.
He has labored hard, often amid deprivation, to perfect his skill. He has turned aside from quick success in order to strip his vision of everything secondary or cheapening. His working life is marked by intense application and intense discipline. But democratic society - in it, the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. Inscribed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. One third, he said, of the students of German universities broke down from overwork, another third broke down from dissipation, and the other third ruled Germany.
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. Presidential Papers. White House Central Files. Let every public servant know, whether his post is high or low, that a man's rank and reputation in this Administration will be determined by the size of the job he does, and not by the size of his staff, his office or his budget.
Let it be clear that this Administration recognizes the value of dissent and daring -- that we greet healthy controversy as the hallmark of healthy change. Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: 'I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation's need. The legislation enacted by the Congress, as well as the decisions made by me and by the department and agency he, must all be implemented by the career men and women in the Federal service.
In foreign affairs, national defense, science and technology, and a host of other fields, they face problems of unprecedented importance and perplexity. We are all dependent on their sense of loyalty and responsibility as well as their competence and energy. Schlesinger, Jr. I do not mean first, when. I do not mean first, if. I mean first --period. Abraham Lincoln, in dedicating this great battlefield, has expressed, in words too eloquent for paraphrase or summary, why this sacrifice was necessary.
Today, we meet not to add to his words nor to amend his sentiment but to recapture the feeling of awe that comes when contemplating a memorial to so many who placed their lives at hazard for right, as God gave them to see right. Among those who fought here were young men who but a short time before were pursuing truth in the peaceful halls of the then new University of Notre Dame.
Let us pray that God may grant us the wisdom to find and to follow a path that will enable the men of Notre Dame and all of our young men to seek truth in the halls of study rather than on the field of battle. Gleason, Jr. Let this be the measure of our nation. God willing, that goal will be achieved. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. I know the United States Army will live up to its reputation for imagination, resourcefulness, and spirit as we meet this challenge.
Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, not in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. The first two are beyond our comprehension so we must do what we can with the third. Nixon talks about our being the strongest country in the world. I think we are today, but we were far stronger relative to the Communists 5 years ago.
And what is of great concern is that the balance of power is in danger of moving with them. They made a breakthrough in missiles and by , '2, and '3, they will be outing us in missiles. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.
And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him. According to a footnote in Schlesinger's manuscript 1st draft, p. This passage was featured in the Charles Guggenheim documentary that was shown to visitors in the original exhibit of the John F. Kennedy Museum. 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. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high to permit the customary passions of political debate.
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future. References the Chinese proverb, "it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. For he does not stand alone. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or make it the last.
I pledged, and asked, only toil and dedication. These the Congress and the people have given in good measure. Secondly, were we truly men of judgment? Third, were we truly men of integrity? Finally, were we truly men of dedication? I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree.
The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon. Note : Dante never made this statement. The closest to what President Kennedy meant is in the Inferno where the souls in the ante-room of hell, who "lived without disgrace and without praise," and the coward angels, who did not rebel but did not resist the cohorts of Lucifer, are condemned to being whirled through the air by great winds while being stung by wasps and horseflies.
And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.
An old Breton fisherman's prayer that Admiral Rickover had inscribed on plaques that he gave to newly commissioned submarine captains. Rickover presented President Kennedy with one of these plaques, which sat on his desk in the Oval Office. When discussing the possibility of a complete military takeover in the country after reading the book Seven Days in May , President Kennedy said, "Older Nashville women getting fucked
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