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Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
– John F. Kennedy
Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don’t buy a single vote more than is necessary. I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay for a landslide.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.
I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
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.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The best road to progress is freedom’s road.
No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America, there are no white or colored signs on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
I don’t think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I’m the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House.
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.
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.
The pay is good and I can walk to work.
I’m an idealist without illusions.
The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.
Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans – born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.
I think ‘Hail to the Chief’ has a nice ring to it.