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Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.


- John F. Kennedy







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The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.

- John F. Kennedy



A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - and in fact we have forgotten.

- John F. Kennedy



Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

- John F. Kennedy



We prefer world law in the age of self-determination to world war in the age of mass extermination.

- 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.

- John F. Kennedy



Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.

- John F. Kennedy



Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

- John F. Kennedy



The duty of a true patriot is to protect his country from government.

- Thomas Paine



The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny.

- African Proverbs



A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

- Edward Abbey



Occasionally the tree of Liberty must be watered with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.

- Thomas Jefferson



Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

- Oscar Wilde



You don’t play for the crowd, you play for the country.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni