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Top 10 Most Memorable JFK Quotes

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(CBS Charlotte) — Born on May 29, 1917, John F. Kennedy was  the 35th president of the United States of America. He was president for two years — from 1961 to 1963.

A former democratic congressman, Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon during the 1960 presidential elections, and remains the youngest president to ever be elected into office.

On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated during a political outing in Dallas, Texas. At the time, he was riding in an open-top convertible with his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination, here are his top 10 most memorable quotes:

10. “This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.”

9. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

8. “The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear.”

7. “If anyone is crazy enough to want to kill a president of the United States, he can do it. All he must be prepared to do is give his life for the president’s.”

6. “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”

5. “Failure has no friends.”

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

3. “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

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

1. “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.”

(Related Article: Top Ten Most Controversial U.S. Presidents)

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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