Choice quotes from the iconic Irish American President taken from his rousing public speeches

Irish American President John F Kennedy is an icon of inspiration. The young Catholic president, assassinated at the age of 46, is probably remembered most for his amazing gift of speech-making.

Kennedy, proud of his Irish roots and strong links to Irish America, led the United States into a period of enormous change, introduced civil rights legislation and even paved the way for the moon landing, but what many will recall of the inspiring president is his choice words and rousing speeches.

Here is IrishCentral’s choice of President John F. Kennedy’s five more inspirational quotes:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.

“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

- Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961.

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

The ever handsome President John F Kennedy.

The ever handsome President John F Kennedy.

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

- Address in the Assembly Hall at the Paulskirche in Frankfurt, June 25, 1963.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

- Address on the first Anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, March 13, 1962.

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

- Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961.

President John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the motorcade in Dallas on the day of his assasination.

President John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the motorcade in Dallas on the day of his assasination.

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President John F Kennedy delivering his inauguration speech.