Amherst Magazine

Audio Recording of President Kennedy's 1963 Convocation Speech

The following clips comprise Kennedy’s entire speech.

  1. “The powers of the presidency are often described. Its limitations should occasionally be remembered.”
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  2. “Privilege is here, and with privilege goes responsibility.”
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  3. “The problems which this country now faces are staggering, both at home and abroad.”
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  4. “The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable...”
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  5. “The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state.”
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  6. “I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”
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Audio courtesy of Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.