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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Quote of the Week: Bobby Kennedy

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage such as these that the belief that human history is thus 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 resistance.


Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change the world which yields most painfully to change.
Robert F. Kennedy, speaking at the University of Capetown on June 6, 1966.

I have seen this quote many times, but had never read the entire speech until today. It is a remarkable call to action. You can find it at the JFK Presidential Library web site.

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