Quote of the moment: Kennedy, art is truth, not propaganda


President John F. Kennedy at the ground breaking of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, Massachusetts, October 26, 1963

President John F. Kennedy at the ground breaking of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College, Massachusetts, October 26, 1963

“We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.” 

Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an Honorary Degree (439),” October 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963. Via JFK Library

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Audio of the speech at Youtube:

Amherst student newspaper report on the event, image:

The Amherst Student, front page, special convocation edition, October 23, 1963. Headline,

The Amherst Student, front page, special convocation edition, October 23, 1963. Headline, “Kennedy given honorary LLD, envisions a future America.”

2 Responses to Quote of the moment: Kennedy, art is truth, not propaganda

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Please click through to a text of the speech, or listen to the audio. There’s a good quote on art, or poetry, or poets, about every paragraph.

    Kennedy well understood that art is both a symbol of good civilization, and art drives peace and the civilizing of the more brutish nature of a people. In short, all arts contribute to the cohesiveness of a nation, and to peace.

    This speech was one of the foundation stones of Kennedy’s campaign for art, poetry, civilization and peace.

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  2. Good quote! I don’t think I have ever heard it.

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