Saturday, May 19, 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: "In general his respect for artistic excellence exceeded his appreciation." p.. 433.

Sorenson: "Variety was the keynote of his reading habits: history, biography and current affairs dominated his list." p. 434.

Sorenson: "He studied The Guns of August, an account of the origins of the First World War, as a warning to his own generation." [It was a war that should not have happened.] p. 435.

JFK: "I am certain that, after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit." p. 436.

Sorenson: "What he could not accomplish through legislation--to fight recession, inflation, race discrimination and other problems--he sought to accomplish through Executive Orders, proclamations, contingency funds, inherent powers, unused statutes, transfers of appropriations, reorganization plans, patronage, procurement, pardons, Presidential memos, public speeches and private pressures." p. 437.

JFK: "The Constitution has served us extremely well...but...all its clauses had to be interpreted by men and had to be made to work by men, and it has to be made to work today in an entirely different world from the day in which it was written." p. 437.

Sorenson: "Within the Executive Branch he accepted responsibility for every major decision, delegating work but never responsibility to Cabinet, National Security Council, Joint Chiefs of Staff, White House aides or other advisers." p. 437.

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