Remembering John F. Kennedy

JFK

In His Words

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a better place to in which to live”

“The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction in the life of the nation, is very close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and it is the test of the quality of a nation’s civilization”

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.”

“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crises maintain their neutrality.”

“There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age Elizabeth also the age of Shakespeare. And the New Frontier for which I campaign in public life, can also be a New Frontier for American art.”

“And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

One response to “Remembering John F. Kennedy

  1. This is a heartfelt, worthy memorial to the man. Thanks foe sending it.
    maria keane.

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