17 John F. Kennedy Quotes To Start Your Week

Not until 2008 had a U.S. president ever carried so much extra-political cache. The man pictured above, whose name is on the side of roughly 5,600,623 high schools in the America, was a veritable celebrity, rubbing more than elbows with many of the ilk. Power may never look as good as it did then.

But despite the distractions, he got a tremendous amount done in his tragically short stint in the West Wing. To celebrate, below are our 17 favorite quotes from John F. Kennedy, perhaps the most famous American in history. Please enjoy. (Also: when you read these quotes, make sure you speak them aloud, in his incredible accent.) 

1. "Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."

2. "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

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

4. "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."

5. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

6. "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."

7. "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

8. "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

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

10. "Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."

11. "Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life."

12. "Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security."

13. "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining."

14. "We must use time as a tool, not as a couch."

15. "I think 'Hail to the Chief' has a nice ring to it."

16. "The pay is good and I can walk to work."

17. "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He has a mediocre Jack Kennedy impression. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.