A Time for Courage and a Time for Challenge


JFK’s last words at the end of the speech he planned to give at the Texas welcome dinner in Austin, on November 22, 1963.

JFK at desk

In Latin America, in Africa, in Asia, in the councils of the world
and in the jungles of far-off nations,
there is now renewed confidence in our country and our convictions.

For this country is moving and it must not stop.
It cannot stop.
For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge.
Neither conformity nor complacency will do.
Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed.
And our duty as a party is not to our party alone,
but to the Nation, and, indeed, to all mankind.
Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power
but the preservation of peace and freedom.

So let us not be petty when our cause is so great.
Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves
when our Nation’s future is at stake.
Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause –
united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future –
and determined that this land we love
shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance.

John F. Kennedy, 1917 – 1963

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