Sunday, May 6, 2007

Kennedy. Theodore C. Sorenson. Significant Sentences. Continued.

Significant sentences from Kennedy by Theodore Sorenson, a history of the words and philosophy of President Kennedy. Continued.

Sorenson: " always, he was listening and learning more than speaking." p. 16.

Sorenson: "When a flippant high school youth asked him, as we walked down a street in Ashland, Wisconsin, in 1959, how he came to be a hero, he gaily replied, 'It was easy--they sank my boat.' " p. 19.

Sorenson: "...he regarded his own good fortune as an obligation: 'Of those to whom much is given, much is required.' " p. 21.

Jackie Kennedy on JFK: " idealist without illusions." p. 24.

Sorenson: "[JFK's]...realistic emphasis on the possible...." p. 24.

Sorenson: "He hated to bore and be bored." p. 24.

Sorenson: "More amazing was the accuracy with which he remembered and applied what he read." p. 25.

Sorenson: "His self-confidence on the platform grew, and his ability to read and, at the right time, to discard--a prepared text increased." p. 26.

JFK on inconsistency: "We all learn...from the time you are born to the time you change...conditions change, would be extremely pursue policies that are unsuccessful." p. 27.

Sorenson: "Unlike those liberals who start out with all the answers, he had started out asking questions." p. 28.

JFK on his father's reading: "I've almost never seen him read a serious book." p. 35.

JFK: "Three is always inequity in life...some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men never leave the country.... Life is unfair." p. 47.

JFK quoting a legendary verse: "Among life's dying embers/ These are my regrets:/ When I'm right no one remembers,/ When I'm wrong, no one forgets." p. 57.

To be continued.

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