"I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments. I promise only that I will not consider them."

"Hungry men and women cannot wait for economic discussions or diplomatic meetings -- and their hunger rests heavily on the consciences of their fellow men."

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer."

"Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life."

"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters -- one represents danger and one represents opportunity."

"While we shall negotiate freely, we shall not negotiate freedom."

"I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas."

"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."

"We seek not the world-wide victory of one nation or system but a world-wide victory of man. The modern globe is too small, its weapons too destructive, and its disorders too contagious to permit any other kind of victory."

"I do not believe that any of us would exchange places withany other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world."

"...Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. The advancement of learning depends on community leadership for financial and political support -- and the products of that learning, in turn, are essential to the leadership's hopes for continued progress and prosperity..."
(to have been delivered at Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963.)

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