25 Things

About the Museum

This year marks The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s 25th anniversary. The Museum opened on Presidents Day, February 20, 1989. In observance of this milestone, each month the Museum will share a list of 25 things about its history, interesting tidbits about President Kennedy, and little-known facts related to the assassination. Check back each month for a new list of “25 Things.”
To learn more, make an appointment to visit our Reading Room; explore our online collections database; or pick up a copy of Assassination and Commemoration, by associate curator Stephen Fagin, available online and in both Museum stores.

Previous 25 Things lists:

March 2014: 25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Weekend of November 22, 1963

February 2014: 25 Interesting Facts about The Sixth Floor Museum (and the Texas School Book Depository)

April 2014

25 Memorable Quotes from President John F. Kennedy

1.  “If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a better place in which to live.”
- Speech at Harvard University, June 14, 1956

2.  “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.”
- Address at Loyola College Alumni Banquet, February 18, 1958

3.  “We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier – the frontier of the 1960’s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.”
- Presidential Nomination Speech, July 15, 1960

4.  "We celebrate the past to awaken the future."
- Speech at the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Social Security Act, August 14, 1960

5.   “My call is not to those who believe they belong to the past. My call is to those who believe in the future.”
- Speech at Seattle Civic Auditorium, September 6, 1960

6.  “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 Soft American,” an article written for Sports Illustrated, December 26, 1960

Image7.  “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, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
- Inaugural Address,
  January 20, 1961

8.   “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
- Inaugural Address,
  January 20, 1961

9.  “The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”
- Message to Soviet Union Chairman Nikita Khrushchev, April 18, 1961

10.  “Let us not think of education only in terms of its costs, but rather in terms of the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education.”
- Proclamation during American Education Week, July 25, 1961

11.   “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.”
- Address Before the General Assembly of the United Nations, September 25, 1961

12.  “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.”
- Address on the first anniversary of the Alliance for Progress, March 13, 1962

13.  “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
- Address at Rice University, September 12, 1962

14.  “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
- Remarks for the opening of a USIA Transmitter at Greenville, North Carolina,
  February 8, 1963

Image15.  “The future promise of any nation can be directly measured by the present prospects of its youth.”
- Special message to Congress on the nation’s youth,
  February 14, 1963

16.  “Things do not just happen. They are made to happen.”
- Remarks at a civic luncheon in Chicago,
  March 23, 1963

17.   “Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”
- Remarks at the 90th Anniversary Convocation
  of Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963

18.  “For, in the final analysis, our most common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.”
- Speech at the American University, June 10, 1963

19.  “If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public schools available, if he cannot vote for those public officials that represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?”
- Address to the Nation on Civil Rights, June 11, 1963

20.  “All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’”
- Speech in West Berlin, June 26, 1963

21.  “We can say with some assurance that, although children may be the victims of fate, they will not be the victims of our neglect.”
- Remarks upon signing the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation
  Planning Bill – October 24, 1963

22.  “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
- Remarks at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

Image23.  “This nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space, and we have no choice but to follow it.”
- Remarks at the dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center in San Antonio, Texas, November 21, 1963

24.  “We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it.”
- Remarks at the Fort Worth Chamber
of Commerce breakfast, November 22, 1963

25.  “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
- Remarks prepared for but never delivered at the Trade Mart in Dallas, November 22, 1963