Remembering JFK Through His Words

On this day fifty years ago in Dallas, Texas the 35th president of the United States was assassinated. At age 43, he was the youngest president elected to office and also the youngest president to die while in office.

Okay history buffs, I said elected. Teddy Roosevelt was sworn into the presidency at age 42 following the assassination of William McKinley. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from JFK:

“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.”

“To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.”

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”


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