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Quotes of the day: Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

Published Saturday, September 05, 2015 @ 12:26 PM EDT
Sep 05 2015

Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. (September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969) was an American businessman, investor, and politician. Kennedy was the husband of Rose Kennedy. Their children included President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), Attorney General and Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968), and Senator Ted Kennedy (1932–2009). He was a leading member of the Democratic Party and of the Irish Catholic community. He was the inaugural Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and later directed the Maritime Commission. Kennedy served as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1938 until late 1940, including the early part of World War II. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


After you've done the best you can, the hell with it.

Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.

He's a great kid. He hates the same way I do.

I have no political ambitions for myself or my children.

I knew it was time to sell when my shoeshine boy gave me a stock tip

I've had a tough time learning how to act like a congressman. Today I accidentally spent some of my own money.

If you want to make money, go where the money is.

More men die of jealousy than of cancer.

Only a fool holds out for the top dollar.

The measure of a man's success in life is not the money he's made. It's the kind of family he has raised.

There are no accidents in politics.

There are only two pursuits that get in your blood: politics and the motion picture business.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Whenever you're sitting across from some important person, always picture him sitting there in a suit of long red underwear. That's the way I always operated in business.


(September 6 is also the birthday of Jane Addams and Jeff Foxworthy.)

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