Democracy is never a final achievement. It is a call to an untiring effort.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty…an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft.
There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts.
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 of Elizabeth was 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.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.