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Motivational Robert F. Kennedy Quotes and Sayings



Robert F. Kennedy Quotes:- Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as a U.S. Senator from New York from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968. Kennedy, like his brothers John and Edward, was a prominent member of the Democratic Party and has come to be viewed by some historians as an icon of modern American liberalism.

Kennedy resigned from the committee to conduct his brother’s campaign in the 1960 presidential election. He was appointed United States Attorney General after the successful election and served as the closest advisor to the President from 1961 to 1963. His tenure is best known for his advocacy for the civil rights movement, the fight against organized crime and the Mafia, and involvement in the U.S.


Motivational Robert F. Kennedy Quotes


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“American books reflect our common heritage with many other nations and their influence upon our culture. The influences are endless, linking us with the rest of the world. Thus, they are good ambassadors for us.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity – the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“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?”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Circumstances of crimes vary. So do motives. And so do prospects for rehabilitation. The number of imponderables makes it impossible to sentence by formula and still sentence justly.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Communism everywhere has paid the price of rigidity and dogmatism. Freedom has the strength of compassion and flexibility. It has, above all, the strength of intellectual honesty.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Goal


“Desegregation of schools does not automatically transform them into better schools. It is only a step. The larger goal is to see that the education of our youth is not merely desegregated, but that it is excellent.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Even as my father grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, signs told him: ‘No Irish Need Apply.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Every American has the duty to obey the law and the right to expect that the law will be enforced.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Events


“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


“Freedom possesses many meanings. It speaks not merely in terms of political and religious liberty but also in terms of economic and social prog-Robert F. Kennedy


Motivational Quotes on Robert F. Kennedy


“Good union leaders make excellent public leaders in the legislative and executive branches.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men’s lives.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I am ashamed to report that my father, who is 73, has never been beaten by any of his four sons in golf. We have all become resigned to the fact that he has determined that he won’t be beaten.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Responsibility


“I am deeply impressed with the gravity and wisdom with which most federal judges approach the responsibility of sentencing. It is a difficult, soul-searching task at best.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I believe indeterminate sentencing can be extremely useful, but I also believe that any such system should always take into consideration the special knowledge as to the facts in a case which only the trial judge possesses.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I can understand the Chinese Wall: it was built as a defense against marauders. But a wall such as that in Berlin, built to prevent people from seeking freedom, is almost beyond comprehension.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I come from a family that has always emphasized and enjoyed sports – golf, tennis, football, baseball and the rest.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Best Quotes on Robert F. Kennedy


“I have told friends and supporters who are urging me to run that I would not oppose President Johnson under any foreseeable circumstances.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I like to be involved in politics. I like to be involved in government. I’ve been in politics all my life. I would like to remain in government. I don’t think that’s so sinister.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“If I get to be president, what can I do anyway? With Congress and the press, what chance do I have to make basic changes?”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Fitness


“If the purpose of the wall was to destroy Berlin, Herr Ulbricht and his cohorts have erred badly”. Berlin is not only going to continue to exist – it’s going to grow and grow and grow. Its ties to West Germany will not be severed.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In my judgment, physical fitness is basic to all forms of excellence and to a strong, confident nation.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In the cases that come before the Department of Justice involving a wide range of unlawful activities, we see repeated evidence of family and community failures.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In the final analysis, poverty is a condition of helplessness – of inability to cope with the conditions of existence in our complex society.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In the last analysis, our every right is only worth what our lawyer makes it worth.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In the long run, a flexible sentencing procedure which works to rehabilitate offenders offers the best hope in the majority of cases in the Federal courts.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“In truth, the world is now a seamless web from which no nation, large or small, young or old, can disassociate itself. Every attitude and every action of every nation can affect the welfare and security of every other nation around the globe.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Nation


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“It is one thing to open job opportunities. It is another to train people to fill them, or to persuade American enterprise to seek Negro as well as white applicants.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“It is the right of the government” to protect the weak; it is the right of the weak to find in their courts'” fair treatment before the law.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Lack of education, old age, bad health or discrimination – these are causes of poverty, and the way to attack it is to go to the root.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“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.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“No one needs to tell me about the importance of the free press in a democratic society or about the essential role a newspaper can play in its community.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Life


“Nothing is more false than the notion that the triumph of Communism is inevitable or that the Communists are steadily pushing the free world into a corner.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Now I can go back to being ruthless again.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“One can find a squalid America as easily as a scenic America; a bitter, hopeless America as easily as the confident America of polyethylene wrapping, new cars, and camping trips in the summer.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“One of the great creative statesmen of our age was Franklin Roosevelt. He was creative precisely because he preferred experiment to ideology.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“One of the primary purposes of civilization – and certainly its primary strength – is the guarantee that family life can flourish in unity, peace, and order.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Change


“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Satellite communications connect television screens in Japan with television cameras in England, and the distance of half a word loses its meaning.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Science began as one of the noblest expressions of man’s reason. It will continue to serve humanity so long as it never forgets that human beings remain the heart of its purpose.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word ‘citizen’ was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Democracy


“The fact that free men persist in the search for the truth is the essential difference between Communism and Democracy.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The history of antitrust law enforcement shows that successful antitrust prosecutions have often strengthened and brought vitality to extremely large companies and businesses.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The poor man looks upon the law as an enemy, not as a friend. For him, the law is always taking something away.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The right to vote is the easiest of all rights to grant.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The tyranny of Communism is as old as the Pharaohs and the Pyramids – that the State stands above all men and their individual aspirations.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The ultimate relationship between justice and law will be an eternal subject for speculation and analysis. But it may be said that in a democratic society, the law” is the form which free men give to justice.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Struggle


“The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“To the extent that laws are founded on morality and on logic, they can lead men’s hearts and minds.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Ultimately, Communism must be defeated by progressive political programs which wipe out the poverty, misery, and discontent on which it thrives.”-Robert F. Kennedy


Robert F. Kennedy Quotes About Economic


“Wars of any magnitude release powerful social and economic forces which can change the whole face of the world.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“We develop the kind of citizens we deserve. If a large number of our children grow up into” frustration and poverty, we must expect to pay the price.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“We must continue to prove to the world that we can provide a rising standard of living for all men without loss of civil rights or human dignity to any man.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“When companies get together secretly to fix prices and attempt to eliminate competition, honest businessmen suffer. I think this is wrong.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.”-Robert F. Kennedy


“Yesterday, we sought telescopes good enough to see all the planets. Today, we seek vehicles good enough to reach them.”-Robert F. Kennedy