Sunday, June 3, 2007

Kennedy. Theodore C. Soresnon. Significant Sentences. Concluded.

Sinificant sentences from Kennedy by Theodore Sorenson, a history of the words and philosopy of President Kennedy. Concluded.

Sorenson on the conclusion of the Cuban Missile Crisis: "Rejecting the temptation of a dramatic TV appearance, he [JFK] issued a brief three-paragraph statement welcoming Khrushchev's 'statesmanlike important and constructive contribution to peace.' " p. 809.

Sorenson: "He [Khrushchev] had learned...that the American President was willing to exercise his strength and restraint, to seek communication and to reach accommodation that did not force upon his adversary total humiliation." p. 816.

Sorenson: "He [JFK] sent Averell Harriman to Moscow to review the full range of problems dividing the two nations." p. 820.

Sorenson: "The President was determined to put forward a fundamentally new emphasis on the peaceful and the positive in our relations with the Soviets." p. 823.

JFK: "If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." p. 844.

JFK: "For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is the fact that we all inhabit this planet...all breathe the same air...all cherish our children's future...we are all mortal." p. 844.

JFK: " 'A man does what he must,' " he had written in Profiles in Courage, 'in spite of personal consequences, in spite of...dangers--and that is the basis of all human morality.' " p. 843.

Sorenson: "Life for him [JFK] had always been dangerous and uncertain, but he was too interested in its opportunities and obligations to be intimidated by its risks." p. 843.

Sorenson: "He had so much more to do and to give that no religion or philosophy can rationalize his premature death as though it served some purpose...." p. 846.

Sorenson: "If one extraordinary quality stood out among the many, it was the quality of continuing growth." p. 846.

Sorenson: "The world's loss is the loss of what might have been." p. 847.

Sorenson: "He stood for excellence in an era of indifference--for hope in an era of doubt--for placing public service ahead of private interests--for reconciliation between East and West, black and white, labor and management." p. 852.

Sorenson: "He had confidence in men and gave men confidence in the future." p. 852.

Sorenson: "The public complacency...was partly due to a sense of hopelessness--that wars and recessions and poverty and political mediocrity could not be avoided, and that all the problems of the modern world were too complex to be understood, let alone unraveled." p. 852.

Sorenson: "A man so free of fear and myth and prejudice, so opposed to cant and cliches, so unwilling to feign or be fooled, to accept or reflect mediocrity is rare in our world." p. 853.

The End.

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