A few gems from JFK

Working the past couple of weeks in the D.C. area, I’ve been thinking a lot about JFK. A guy who could give an inspirational speach without a teleprompter, a legitmate war hero – a philanderer to be sure – but a guy who had the good fortune to be born in an age before the hordes of hand-wringing nimrods  on 24/7 news networks, when there existed among members of the media such virtues as professionalism and discretion and common sense. 

These are a few favorites.Fifty years later, the D.C. quote still rings true:

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

“Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.”

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

“The American, by nature is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”

“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 time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”

 “…probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
-John F. Kennedy, Describing a dinner for Nobel Prize winners, 1962

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy imperils the freedom of all.”

“We need men who can dream of things that never were”

 “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger – but recognize the opportunity.”

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