Robert Kennedy

(Robert Francis Kennedy)

Robert Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
  • Born: November 20, 1925
  • Died: June 6, 1968
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Achieving legal rights is only a first step in achieving equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Assassins have never changed history. History
Before I became Attorney General, I won’t say that I stayed up at night worrying about civil rights Legislating & Legislative Process
Can I suggest that the sheriff and the district attorney, in the lunch break, go out and read the Constitution. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Can’t you control your wife? Or are you like me? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Despite the President's orders that no American forces be used, the first two people who landed in the Bay of Pigs [in 1961] were Americans. The CIA sent them in. Defense & National Security
Did the CIA kill my brother? Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on. Society ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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. History ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Citizenship & Patriotism
For too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things Human Nature
Free Americans deserve the chance to be fully self-supporting. Equality & Equal Opportunity
He [Lyndon Baines Johnson] lies, even when he doesn’t have to. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Here on earth God’s work must truly be our own. Slogans & Mottoes
If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom. Freedom & Liberty
If there are not enough jobs for all, the elimination of Negro unemployment will be impossible. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It would be a Pearl Harbor type of attack. War & Peace
Jobs not welfare. Welfare
Kick him in the balls! Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws—but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted—when we tolerate what we know to be wrong—when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened—when we fail to speak up and speak out—we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
Many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. Leaders & Leadership
My brother and I sympathize with the Soviet fear of German revanchists. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Nobody liked Diem . But how to get rid of him and get somebody who would continue the war, not split the country in two, and therefore not only lose the war but the country—that was the problem. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Our country is in danger, not only from foreign enemies, but from our own policies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
People occasionally forgive, but nature never does.. Environment & Environmentalism
Programs have to be developed by the people in the community. Public Works & Natural Resources
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Some men see things as they are and say “Why?” I dream things that never were and say, “Why not?” Miscellaneous
States and nations do not build wealth by storing cash in a bank vault. They build wealth by expanding human solutions to human problems in order that more and more of her people — living and yet to be born — are able to enjoy a higher quality of life. Development & Growth
That war will never be won militarily. War & Peace
The enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must he the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any western society. Freedom & Liberty
The future is not a gift; it’s an achievement. Miscellaneous
The great problem now is that we don’t know what to do. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Gross National Product - if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities… Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The neutrality laws are among the oldest laws in our statute books. . . . Clearly they were not designed for the kind of situation which exists in the world today. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The United States is involved in a war in Vietnam. American troops will stay until victory. War & Peace
The United States will stand by South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem until we win. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Then I had not read Camu. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
There are more FBI undercover agents in the ranks of the Communist Party than there were actual communists. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There is no question that in the next thirty or forty years a Negro can achieve the position ... of President of the United States. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Tomorrow morning, we’re going to try to integrate the University of Mississippi. Get me a memo on … what we can do if the governor sends the National Guard there. Have it on my desk at 8 in the morning. Management & Managing Government
We have gone about as far as good will and even good legislation will take us. Poverty
We must learn for the sake of one another to make better choices guided by more holistic measures of the common good we share. Policy & Policy Making
We’d be crazy to let corporations get anywhere near our government. The only reason they want to influence government is to plunder—to steal from children. Lobbying & Special Interests
What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country whether they be white or they be black. Justice & Injustice
All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.
But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response? Religion & God
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
I thought they'd get one of us, but Jack, after all he's been through, never worried about it I thought it would be me.
I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim. Equality & Equal Opportunity
It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. Future
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Life
Now I can go back to being ruthless again.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time. Time
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means. Life
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. Freedom & Liberty
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.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes. Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising

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