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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1753
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, remarks at a closed-circuit television broadcast on behalf of the national cultural center, November 29, 1962.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, pp. 846–47.

Inscription on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.