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Ten random things: June 11

Ten John F. Kennedy quotes:

  1. "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic ... Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." — Yale University commencement address, June 11, 1962
     
  2. "For of those to whom much is given, much is required. And when at some future date the high court of history sits in judgement on each of us, recording whether in our brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities to the state, our success or failure, in whatever office we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage… Second, were we truly men of judgement… Third, were we truly men of integrity… Finally were we truly men of dedication?" — Address to the Massachusetts State Legislature, January 9, 1961)
     
  3. "I wonder how it is with you, Harold? If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches." — Conversation with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, 1961, quoted in President Kennedy: Profile of Power by Richard Reeves
     
  4. "What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time." — Address at American University, June 10, 1963
     
  5. "Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free." — Speech in Berlin, June 26, 1963
     
  6. "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." — Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
     
  7. "After visiting these places, you can easily understand how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived. He had boundless ambition for his country which rendered him a menace to the peace of the world, but he had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made." — Personal diary, August 1, 1945, later published in Prelude to Leadership, 1995
     
  8. "We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it." — Address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961
     
  9. "The supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of God and the common vulnerability of this planet." — Speech to a joint session of the Dail and the Seanad, Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
     
  10. "A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality." — From Profiles in Courage, 1956
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