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Robert F. Kennedy
1925 - 1968

American lawyer, politican. Brother to U.S. president John F. Kennedy, "Bobby" Kennedy worked at the U.S. Justice Department between stints running his brother's political campaigns, and became known for his investigations of criminal corruption in labour unions. When his brother became president, Kennedy was appointed U.S. Attorney General. He resigned that position in 1964 to win a New York Senate seat. Kennedy campaigned against Lyndon Johnson in 1968 for the Democratic nomination for president, and won four out of five primaries before being murdered at a campaign stop in Los Angeles.


One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others... 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 that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

from a speech delivered in South Africa when it was racially segregated
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.

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

1969 - quoted in Esquire Magazine
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.