President John F. Kennedy: Quotes From and About Kennedy

Some quotes and quotations both from and about John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States.

Quotes from Kennedy:

"Sure it's a big job, but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can."

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable."

"I had announced earlier this year that if successful I would not consider campaign contributions as a substitute for experience in appointing Ambassadors. Ever since I made that statement I have not received one single cent from my father."--1960

"The political campaign won't tire me, for I have an advantage. I can be myself."--Spring, 1960

"The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises--it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them."--Acceptance speech, July, 1960

"Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate."--Inaugural address, 1961

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.--Inaugural address, 1961

"All my life I've known better than to depend on the experts. How could I have been so stupid, to let them go ahead?"--On the Bay of Pigs, April, 1961

"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."--May, 1961

"There is a limitation upon the ability of the U.S. to solve these problems . . . there are greater limitations upon our ability to bring about a favorable result than I had imagined. . . . It is much easier to make the speeches than it is finally to make the judgments. . . ."--TV interview, 1962

Quotes about Him:

"What future historians may well note 1st about JFK is what they note 1st about the Roman Emperor Trajan--that he presided at the high-water mark of empire."--Richard Boeth, Newsweek, 1973

"Jack did like to have little things done for him without hearing about the problems and the difficulties."--Kenneth O'Donnell

"John Kennedy was a happy man, and those who knew him well will always remember him that way."--Paul "Red" Fay

"After long experience in sizing up people, I definitely know you have the goods and you can go a long way. Now aren't you foolish not to get all there is out of what God has given you. . . ."--Joseph P. Kennedy, in a letter to his 14-year-old son

"My son was rocked to political lullabies."--Rose Kennedy

"It is true that we have a President with a face. And it is the face of a potential hero. But he embodies nothing, he personifies nothing, he is power, rather a quizzical power, without light or principle. . . . He learned too much and too early that victory goes to the discrect, that one does not speak one's opinion, that ideally one does not even develop one's opinion."--Norman Mailer, 1963

"It is a good thing to have a brave man as our President in times as tough as these are."--Ernest Hemingway

"I feel that I would hesitate to place the difficult decisions that the next President will have to make with someone who understands what courage is and admires it, but has not quite the independence to have it."--Eleanor Roosevelt

"He seems to combine the best qualities of Elvis Presley and Franklin D. Roosevelt."--An anonymous Southern senator, 1960

"What a joy that literacy is no longer primafacie evidence of treason, that syntax is no longer subversive at the White House."--John Steinbeck

"You certainly can't say that the people of Dallas haven't given you a nice welcome."--Mrs. John Connally, November 22, 1963

"Now I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it--but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with him and see our children grow up together. . . . So now he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man."--Jacqueline Kennedy, 1964

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