Quotation by John Fitzgerald Kennedy

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. address, at dedication of Robert Frost Library, Amherst College, Oct. 26, 1963. quoted in New York Times (Oct. 27, 1963).

last major public address. Previously, in a speech to the annual meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 14, 1956, Kennedy said, "If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live."
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