Lot #69
John F. Kennedy

“The art of life consists in making correct guesses on insufficient information”
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Estimate: $3000+

Description

“The art of life consists in making correct guesses on insufficient information”

Unsigned handwritten notes on both sides of a 6.25 x 9.25 sheet of United States Senate letterhead. Kennedy has penned the second sheet of a speech he delivered as a senator, adhering to ideas gleaned from Abbott Lawrence Lowell’s 1932 publication Conflict of Principles, in full: “Lowell/Lawrence. Holmes once said to him that the art of life consists in making correct guesses on insufficient information—insufficient because we can never know all the elements that enter into a right decision. 1st. Compromise means many things besides deserting principle. It often signifies getting as much as can be attained at the time, rather than lose by striving for the impossible. 2nd. The term may imply no departure whatever from the principle at stake or from the end sought, but a selection of the means that will be most likely to attain the result desired and thus carry into effect the principle behind it. The process is often painful, and involves either a conflict or a compromise—that is an adjustment of conflicting principles & neither of them are strictly true, to the nearest feasible approximation to the proportionate amount of truth each contains under actual conditions.” In fine condition, with a diagonal crease to the upper left. An exceptionally lengthy hand-prepped speech from the future president. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #479 - Ended July 13, 2016





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