A look at the president’s most famous quotes:

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” (special address to Congress, May 25, 1961)

“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors.” (on U.S. and Soviet joint scientific ventures; inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961)

“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.” (State of the Union, Jan. 30, 1961)

“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.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“Two thousand years ago the proudest boast was ‘Civis Romanus sum.’ Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner.’ 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!’” (West Berlin, June 26, 1963)

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.”

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to measure and organize the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” (Rice University, Houston, Texas, Sept. 12, 1962)

“Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

“We shall do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before the task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we must labor on not towards a strategy of annihilation but towards a strategy of peace.”

“In the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”

“Our problems are manmade. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

SOURCE: www.imdb.com


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