The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is one of the most consistent with our character and our courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and this is the path of surrender or submission. Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. Thank you, and good night.
Cuban Missile Crisis speech (22 October 1962)
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (29 May 1917 - 22 November 1963) 35th President of the United States; first husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Nationality: American
Occupation: President
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