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We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.
The best road to progress is freedom's road.

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"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." Make picture quote!
"Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole." Make picture quote!
"Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom." Make picture quote!
"Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life." Make picture quote!
"Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be a s big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings." Make picture quote!
"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Make picture quote!
"Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can." Make picture quote!
"The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy." Make picture quote!
"The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth." Make picture quote!
"Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war." Make picture quote!
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree." Make picture quote!
"Khrushchev reminds me of the tiger hunter who has picked a place on the wall to hang the tiger's skin long before he has caught the tiger. This tiger has other ideas." Make picture quote!
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Make picture quote!
"Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce." Make picture quote!
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." Make picture quote!
"Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place." Make picture quote!
"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." Make picture quote!
"Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all." Make picture quote!
"Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." Make picture quote!
"My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight." Make picture quote!
"My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"We must use time as a tool, not as a couch." Make picture quote!
"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan." Make picture quote!
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." Make picture quote!
"Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"We believe that if men have the talent to invent new machines that put men out of work, they have the talent to put those men back to work." Make picture quote!
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." Make picture quote!
"We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last." Make picture quote!
"To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust." Make picture quote!
"We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination." Make picture quote!
"We stand today on the edge of a new frontier - the frontier of the 1960's - a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils - a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats." Make picture quote!
"We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it." Make picture quote!
"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." Make picture quote!
"When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were." Make picture quote!
"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." Make picture quote!
"We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." Make picture quote!
"The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just." Make picture quote!
"Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others." Make picture quote!
"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all." Make picture quote!
"The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. 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." Make picture quote!
"The pay is good and I can walk to work." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." Make picture quote!
"Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." Make picture quote!
"There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!" Make picture quote!
"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction." Make picture quote!
"There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair." Make picture quote!
"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen." Make picture quote!
"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." Make picture quote!
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Make picture quote!
"The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds." Make picture quote!
"The United States has to move very fast to even stand still." Make picture quote!
"All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner!" Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." Make picture quote!
"Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us." Make picture quote!
"Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House." Make picture quote!
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men." Make picture quote!
"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." Make picture quote!
"Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both." Make picture quote!
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." Make picture quote!
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Make picture quote!
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Make picture quote!
"A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." Make picture quote!
"A child miseducated is a child lost." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes... can no longer be of concern to great powers alone." Make picture quote!
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." Make picture quote!
"I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it." Make picture quote!
"America has tossed its cap over the wall of space." Make picture quote!
"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." Make picture quote!
"If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president's." Make picture quote!
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." Make picture quote!
"I'm an idealist without illusions." Make picture quote!
"I'm always rather nervous about how you talk about women who are active in politics, whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians." Make picture quote!
"I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House - with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." Make picture quote!
"If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." Make picture quote!
"I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times." Make picture quote!
"I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it." Make picture quote!
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours." Make picture quote!
"In a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there." Make picture quote!
"I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past and which will build handsome" Make picture quote!
"Liberty without learning is always in peril learning without liberty is always in vain." Make picture quote!
"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose plant it this afternoon'" Make picture quote!
"The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us." Make picture quote!
"There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in war and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair." Make picture quote!
"We need men who can dream of things that never were." Make picture quote!
"We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves that is our only commitment to others." Make picture quote!

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