Thursday, January 20, 2011

JFK Inaugural Speech: 50 Years ago today!

Watch it yourself or read some of my favorite quotes below:

"...Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, or oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
...To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do - for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

...Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace... 

...Let us never negotiate out of fear. But never let us fear to negotiate.

...And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavour, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

...With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."  ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy, (1917-1963)

1 comment:

  1. I was only 2 years old during this speech, but I sure remember the day he died, coming home from kindergarten seeing my mom weeping. That whole era was quite fascinating, and it was even more vivid experiencing the Camelot years as a child. It still somehow seems magical and fairytale like....have a lovely weekend dearest, Anita


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