John F. Kennedy Quotes

John F. Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963) was the 35th president of the United States. Although JFK was only president for a short time before he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, he was iconic for the era and has left an enduring legacy.  Here is a collection of famous John F. Kennedy quotes. You can add your own favorite JFK quotes, or other favorite quotations, on our Submit a Quote page.

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy

“Israel was not created in order to disappear. Israel will endure and flourish.” – John F. Kennedy

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” – John F. Kennedy

“We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” – John F. Kennedy

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” – John F. Kennedy

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it.” – John F. Kennedy

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” – John F. Kennedy

“The greater our knowledge increases the more our ignorance unfolds.” – John F. Kennedy