A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 20, 2009
“Forgive your enemies, but don’t forget their names”

"Forgive your enemies, but don’t/never forget their names” (or “Forgive your enemies, but always remember their names") is a quotation attributed to both John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) and Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968). The earliest known citation of the quotation, however, appears to be 1981.


Wikiquote: Enemies
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Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

Google Books
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
2006
Pg. 423:
Robert F. Kennedy
U.S. politician, 1925-1968
“Always forgive your enemies—but never forget their names.”
Quoted in Nancy McPhee, The Second Book of Insults (1981)

Google Books
6 May 1981, Ellensburg (WA) Daily Record, “A little land, lots of water” by Louis M. Boyd, pg. 22, col. 1:
Was none other than president John F. Kennedy who said: “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

Google News Archive
17 September 1983, Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville, KY), pg. 4, col. 5:
As John F. Kennedy said, “Forgive your enemies, but don’t forget their names.”

Google Books
Mayor
By Ed Koch with William Rauch
New York, NY: Simon and Schuster
1984
Pg. 98:
I remembered what his brother Jack had said: “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names,” and I quoted it to him.

Google Books
Portrait in Oil
By Charles Fox
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1984
Pg. 288:
“I figured they’d know the rule: forgive your enemies but don’t forget their names.”

Forbes.com
On the Business of Life
10.18.99
(...)
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. -JOHN F. KENNEDY

Posted by Barry Popik
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