Robert Kennedy
Quotations

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

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.

The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.

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.

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

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 the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.

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.

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

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.

We know that if one man's rights are denied, the rights of all are endangered.

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.

You knew that what is given or granted can be taken away, that what is begged can be refused; but that what is earned is kept.

People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.

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

Punishment is not prevention. History offers cold comfort to those who think grievance and despair can be subdued by force.

Each generation makes its own accounting to its children.

Fear not the path of truth, for the lack of people walking on it.

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

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

I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and I have such strong feelings about what must be done.

My views on birth control are somewhat distorted by the fact that I was seventh of nine children.

Nations around the world look to us for the leadership not merely by strength of arms but by strength of our convictions.



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