Robert Francis Kennedy Quotes
A collection of quotes by Robert Francis Kennedy.
Robert Francis Kennedy (RFK) was an American politician and lawyer who was born on November 20, 1925, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He served as the United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and later as a U.S. Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. RFK was known for his commitment to social justice and civil rights, as well as his opposition to the Vietnam War. His untimely death on June 6, 1968, left a lasting impact on American politics and society.
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.
We should, I believe, beware of the pitfalls described by Taine: 'Imagine a man who sets out on a voyage equipped with a pair of spectacles that magnify things to an extraordinary degree. A hair on his hand, a spot on the tablecloth, the shifting fold of a coat, all will attract his attention; at this rate, he will not go far, he will spend his day taking six steps and will never get out of his room.' We have to get out of this room.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. 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, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and injustice.