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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1494
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: And so it is that I carry with me from this State to that high and lonely office to which I now succeed more than fond memories and fast friendships. The enduring qualities of Massachusetts—the common threads woven by the Pilgrim and the Puritan, the fisherman and the farmer, the Yankee and the immigrant—will not be and could not be forgotten in the Nation’s Executive Mansion. They are an indelible part of my life, my convictions, my view of the past, my hopes for the future.
ATTRIBUTION: President-elect JOHN F. KENNEDY, address to the Massachusetts legislature, January 9, 1961.—Congressional Record, January 10, 1961, vol. 107, Appendix, p. A169.

For another portion of this address, see No. 1611.
SUBJECTS: Presidency