Happy Birthday, JFK! 13 Of His Greatest Quotes To Inspire You Today

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, would have been 98 today.

While the most well-known thing about his birthday might be the infamous Marilyn Monroe performance of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" in 1962, today we honor JFK for his wisdom, commitment to racial equality, support of education for all, and consistent call to action for the American people to be strong and great with these 13 quotes.

Happy birthday, Mr. President.

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

"Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past — let us accept our own responsibility for the future."

"...we can have faith in the future only if we have faith in ourselves."

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. … The human mind is our fundamental resource."

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

"Things don't just happen, they are made to happen."
 

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"For physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. The relationship between the soundness of the body and the activities of the mind is subtle and complex. Much is not yet understood. But we do know what the Greeks knew: that intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong; that hardy spirits and tough minds usually inhabit sound bodies."

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."

"A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death."

"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 and ask 'why not?'."

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

"If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help."

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