„Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. “

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35e président des États-Unis 1917 - 1963
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And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
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