Robert F. Kennedy

1925 - 1968

A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy

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

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on economics, children, health, violence, nuclear weapons, nature, and values

Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product...if we should judge American by that - 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 those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

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. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

Source: Address, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, March 18, 1968.

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on action, beginning, belief, discovery, earth, ignorance, injustice, men, misery, protestantism, thought, violence, women, work, and world

Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. 'Give me a place to stand,' said Archimedes, 'and I will move the world.' These men moved the world, and so can we all.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on dreams

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There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

Source: 1968 presidential campaign

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on change, generations, greatness, history, and work

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.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on achievement and failure

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

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on despair, god, grace, heart, pain, sleep, and wisdom

Aeschylus wrote: 'In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

Source: an extemporaneous eulogy to Martin Luther King, Jr., evening of April 4, 1968, in Indianapolis

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on despair, god, grace, heart, pain, sleep, and wisdom

'In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart and in our despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

Source: quoting Aeschylus,One of the inscriptions at R. F. Kennedy gravesite,Arlington National Cemetery

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on winning

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I am not one of those who think that coming in second or third is winning.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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A Quote by Robert Francis Kennedy on bravery, change, courage, intelligence, quality, society, world, and yielding

Few 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 a world that yields most painfully to change.

Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968)

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