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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Welcome, today I'm honoring the wisdom of John F. Kennedy, a beloved president, cut down before his time


  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
  • Democracy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone will fail.
  • Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
  • I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.
  • If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
  • Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.
  • Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
  • Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
  • So, let us not be blind to our differences - but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.
  • The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
  • The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
  • 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.
  • The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!
  • The stories of past courage can define that ingredient-they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.
  • The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
  • There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.
  • Democracy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone will fail.
We miss you President Kennedy, and the contributions you could have continued to make had you not been stuck down.

Do you remember? Where were you when you got  the news. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thank you for coming.

1 comment:

Palmaltas said...

I wrote an article about where I was the day he died for our complex newsletter. To make it short, I was teaching first year high school Spanish in Las Vegas, Nevada.