President Kennedy on Myths

I came across this quotation by John F. Kennedy, and it seemed to me as if he was referring directly to history myths. His words ring very true. Wouldn’t they have made a great blurb on the back cover of my book, Death by Petticoat?

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11, 1962

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One Response to President Kennedy on Myths

  1. John Simpson says:

    The joke of course being the myth of Camelot that sprang up after his assassination. People nowadays don’t know that the popular vote was pretty even at 34,220,984 votes for Kennedy and 34,108,157 votes for Nixon with 303 Electoral votes for Kennedy and 219 for Nixon.

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