Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (191763)
I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment and which will steadily enlarge cultural opportunities for all of our citizens. And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world not only for its strength but for its civilization as well.
President JOHN F. KENNEDY, remarks upon receiving an honorary degree, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 26, 1963.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, p. 817.
Inscription on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.