The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.
Robert Francis Kennedy Quotes
One member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff… argued that we could use nuclear weapons, on the basis that our adversaries would use theirs against us in an attack. I thought, as I listened, of the many times that I had heard the military take positions which, if wrong, had the advantage that no one […]
But there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night… This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is […]
At the heart of that western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any […]
Some men see things as they are and ask, ‘why?’ I dream things that never were and ask, ‘why not?’
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
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.
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 […]
Justice delayed is democracy denied.
I believe that in this generation those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the world.