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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: There is a connection, hard to explain logically but easy to feel, between achievement in public life and progress in the arts. The age of Pericles was also the age of Phidias. The age of Lorenzo de Medici was also the age of Leonardo da Vinci. The age of Elizabeth was also the age of Shakespeare. And the New Frontier for which I campaign in public life, can also be a New Frontier for American art.
ATTRIBUTION: Senator JOHN F. KENNEDY, letter to Miss Theodate Johnson, publisher of Musical America, September 13, 1960.—Musical America, October 1960, p. 11.

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