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John F. Kennedy
(full name: John Fitzgerald Kennedy)
American Democrat statesman and 35th President of the United States
(1917-63)



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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.
-- John F. Kennedy, 1961

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
-- Inaugural address, 20 January 1961

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. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
-- Inaugural address, 20 January 1961

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
-- Inaugural address, 20 January 1961

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.
-- Speech to the United Nations General Assembly, 25 September 1961

No one has been barred on account of his race from fighting or dying for America -- there are no "white" or "colored" signed on the foxholes or graveyards of battle.
-- Message to Congress, 19 June 1963, referring to race relations

All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in tthe words Ich bin ein Berliner [I am a Berliner].
-- Speech in West Berlin, 26 June 1963


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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