"It is not enough to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates . . . . We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result."
"We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man."
"What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as president."
"The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America."
"I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people using their government as an instrument and a tool can do toward building the whole man which will mean a better society and a better world."
"Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest it is not empire it is not foreign bases it is not domination. It is simply put just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam."
"There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress and that is continuously incessantly and without interruption. If it is really going to work the relationship has got to be almost incestuous."
"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created not just as it looked when we got through with it."