portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy
White House photo by Cecil Stoughton, 11 July 1963

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Quotes of the Day for 29 May 2003 – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born at Brookline, Massachusetts on this day in 1917. I think we probably all know more about the literate young president than I could fit in the introduction, so I won't try. I'm from the generation that will never forget what we were doing when the news came that the president had been shot. (I was counting out the milk cartons for each class in the halls of Jefferson Elementary School when the news came over the intercom.) For some of these, I can hear JFK's voice as I read over them.

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The quotes:

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
     - Inaugural Address, 20 January 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.

Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or to make it the last.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
     - All from John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 - 1963

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