1917-1963. Thirty-fifth President of the USA
We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!
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Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.
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Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.
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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
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A man does what he must, in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and this is the basis of all human morality.
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There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn't write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn't any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.
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Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
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In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it.
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
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