JFK: The Greatest Quotes

It's almost 50 years since the day that President John F Kennedy was killed. Here are 12 observations we'll never forget

When sniper bullets hit and killed President John F Kennedy, the world witnessed one of the defining moments of 20th century history.

This Friday will see the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on 22 November, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, as he rode inside an open top limousine alongside his wife, Jackie.   

Already revered by many, his premature death sealed his status as an iconic of world politics. A charismatic, thoughtful and powerful public speaker, his quotes have become some of the western world’s most enduring.

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Here are some of his best:

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1| Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
 

2| Well, I'm reading more and enjoying it less. [When asked to comment on the press treatment of his administration] 
 

3| Do you realise the responsibility I carry? I’m the only person standing between Nixon and the White House.

4| Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.

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


6| If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little bit better place in which to live [Speech at Harvard University , 1956]


7| This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor. [State of the Union Message, January 14, 1963]
 

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


9| The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of our planet.
 

10| Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.


11|  All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop those talents.


12| Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

 

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