Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times.
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.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
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.
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.
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.
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
I'm an idealist without illusions.
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.
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.
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.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
The best road to progress is freedom's road.
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.
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.
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.
My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight.
Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
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.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
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.