Top 25 John F. Kennedy Quotes

1. "I’m an idealist without illusions."

2. "Men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics."

3. "If not us, who? If not now, when?"

4. "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal."

5. "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it."

6. "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."

7. "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

8. "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives."

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

10. "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."

11. "Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."

12. "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."

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

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

15. "Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings."

16. "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."

17. "Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.

Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder."

18. "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."

19. "The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity."

20. "Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all."

21. "Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others."

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

23. "Pray not for easy lives, pray to be stronger men."

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

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