Quotes by Robert F. Kennedy

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Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, also called "RFK" (November 20, 1925 June 6, 1968) was one of two younger brothers of President John F. Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. As one of President Kennedy's most trusted advisors, RFK worked closely with the President during the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the subsequent Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1964, after his brother's death, Kennedy was elected to the US Senate from the state of New York. He was assassinated shortly after delivering a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, during the California Democratic Primaries in 1968.

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Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.

There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.
Fear not the path of Truth for the lack of People walking on it.
Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.