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The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

The processes of growth are gradual, bearing fruit in a decade, not a day.

One of the best ways to expand his horizon is through a regular reading program.

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

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive.

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

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.

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

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

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of the final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

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

Our problems are man-made; therefore, they can be solved by man.

Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in.

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

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

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

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

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.

We don't want to be like the leader in the French Revolution who said, "There go my people, I must find out where they are going so I can lead them."

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

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.

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

History will never accept difficulties as an excuse.

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.

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

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

I think "Hail to the Chief" has a nice ring to it.
(when asked what is his favorite song)

Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

The best road to progress is freedom's road.

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.

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.

Neither smiles nor frowns, neither good intentions nor harsh words, are a substitute for strength.

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

We stand today on the edge of a new frontier.

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.

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