Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

— Robert Kennedy

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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.

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Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, 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 the world which yields most painfully to change.

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When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies...

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Robert Kennedy quote Only those who dare to fail greatly can

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

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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.

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Every time you stand up for an ideal, you send forth a tiny ripple of hope.

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I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.

Government belongs wherever evil needs an adversary and there are people in distress.

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Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal.

We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.

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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.

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The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.

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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.

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Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.

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Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force;

too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.

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About Robert Kennedy

Quotes 235 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday November 20, 1925

In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfilment of the best qualities of your own spirit.

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It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain

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The future does not belong to those who are content with today Rather, it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason, and courage in a personal commitment.

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Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.

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Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law.

And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

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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.

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This world demands the qualities of youth;

not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.

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The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.

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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.

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We can master change not though force or fear, but only though the free work of an understanding mind, though an openness to new knowledge and fresh outlooks, which can only strengthen the most fragile and most powerful of human gifts: the gift of reason.

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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.

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Send forth a tiny ripple of hope.

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Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills... Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man

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What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet...

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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.

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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?

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Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.

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Just because we cannot see clearly the end of the road, that is no reason for not setting out on the essential journey. On the contrary, great change dominates the world, and unless we move with change we will become its victims.

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All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people - speaking out - in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out - in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes - let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind.

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But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of your fellow men. In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfillment of the best qualities of your own spirit.

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I dream of things that are not and ask why not.

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Always forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

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This much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.

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

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The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.

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You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.

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I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.

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Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves.

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One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.

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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

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Industrial agriculture now accounts for over half of America's water pollution.

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GNP measures neither our courage, our wisdom neither our compassion.

It measures everything except what makes life worthwhile

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Perhaps to some extent we have lost sight of the fact that LSD can be very, very helpful in our society if used properly.

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Together, we can make ourselves a nation that spends more on books than on bombs, more on hospitals than the terrible tools of war, more on decent houses than military aircraft.

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Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.

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The enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any western society.

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Don't get mad, get even.

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