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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
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.
~Robert F. Kennedy (1925 - 1968) US politician, lawyer
Speech, South Africa, 1966.
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.
~ Robert F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy used these words in a 1963 speech and correctly attributed them to George Bernard Shaw. His brother, Robert, used them as a theme for his presidential campaign.
Shaw's attribution was so forgotten by then that in W. P. Kinsella's 1982 novel, Shoeless Joe-which inspired the movie Field of Dreams-Kinsella mistakenly attributed the quote to Robert Kennedy.
The phrase originated in Shaw's play Back to Methuselah (1921), pt. I, act I: You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
To this day, visitors to the West Wing, seeing the Rose Garden and the Colonnade, instantly think of the pictures of the two brothers together. And from this day, his birthday, everyone who enters this building or passes by will think of Robert F. Kennedy and what he still means to this country.
He was not our longest-serving Attorney General; yet none is more fondly remembered. And few have filled their time here with so much energy or seen events of such consequence. He was at his brother's side during the 13 days in October, 1962, where he was firm, and discerning, and calm.
In this building, he set to work on what would become The Civil Rights Act of 1964. Here, he gave the orders sending 500 U.S. Marshals to protect the Freedom Riders. He stood for racial desegregation. And to those on the other side of the issue, he said this:
"My belief doesn't matter. It's the law. Some of you may believe the decision was wrong. That doesn't matter. It is the law."
~From a speech by President George W. Bush
Bush Dedicates Justice Building to Robert F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy Speech on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death
April 4, 1968, Indianapolis, Indiana :
I have bad news for you, for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and killed tonight.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justic for his fellow human beings, and he died because of that effort.
In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence their evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization -- black people amongst black, white people amongst white, filled with hatred toward one another.
Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love.
For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rathe difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love -- a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.
We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times; we've had difficult times in the past; we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; it is not the end of disorder.
But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings who abide in our land.
Let us dedicate to ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.