The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough — more than enough — of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success.
Address at The American University, Washington D.C. (10 June 1963)
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (29 May 1917 - 22 November 1963) 35th President of the United States; first husband of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.