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Robert Kennedy

Data di nascita: 20. Novembre 1925
Data di morte: 6. Giugno 1968
Altri nomi: Роберт Кеннеди

Robert Francis Kennedy, chiamato Bob e noto come RFK , è stato un politico statunitense, figlio di Joseph P. Kennedy e Rose Fitzgerald, fratello di John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Già a capo del Dipartimento di Giustizia, come procuratore generale, durante la presidenza del fratello John, si candidò alle elezioni presidenziali del 1968, partecipando alle elezioni primarie del Partito Democratico. Morì in seguito a un attentato all'indomani della sua vittoria nelle elezioni primarie di California e Dakota del Sud.

„Non vorrei sembrar critico nei confrondi dell'erudizione del signor Schlesinger poiché la sua polemica investe una tale varietà di temi che è comprensibile come egli non sempre sia in grado di leggere tutti i documenti di cui discute con tanto accanimento.“

—  Robert Kennedy

a seguito di una risposta dello Schlesinger ad una lettera di Robert Kennedy pubblicata dal New York Times, risposta a sua volta pubblicata dal medesimo giornale.
Origine: Citato in Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., I Mille giorni di John F. Kennedy alla Casa Bianca, traduzione di Giancarlo Carabelli, Rizzoli Editore, Milano, 1966, p. 113.

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„Qualcuno lassù non ci ama.“

—  Robert Kennedy

frase pronunciata quando seppe dell'incidente aereo occorso al fratello Ted, 19 giugno 1964
Origine: Citato in Edward Klein, La maledizione dei Kennedy, Milano, Mondadori, 2007, p. 20. ISBN 978-88-04-53311-5

„Il mio punto di vista sul controllo delle nascite è leggermente distorto dal fatto di essere il settimo di nove fratelli.“

—  Robert Kennedy

Origine: Citato in Gino e Michele, Matteo Molinari, Le Formiche: anno terzo, Zelig Editore, 1995, § 1487.

„Of course to adhere to standards, to idealism, to vision in the face of immediate dangers takes great courage and takes self-confidence. But we also know that only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: The second danger is that of expediency: of those who say that hopes and beliefs must bend before immediate necessities. Of course, if we must act effectively we must deal with the world as it is. We must get things done. But if there was one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feeling of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs — that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems. It is not realistic or hardheaded to solve problems and take action unguided by ultimate moral aims and values, although we all know some who claim that it is so. In my judgment, it is thoughtless folly. For it ignores the realities of human faith and of passion and of belief — forces ultimately more powerful than all of the calculations of our economists or of our generals. Of course to adhere to standards, to idealism, to vision in the face of immediate dangers takes great courage and takes self-confidence. But we also know that only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.

„All do not develop in the same manner, or at the same pace. Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: All do not develop in the same manner, or at the same pace. Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions of the United States can neither be dictated nor transplanted to others. What is important is that all nations must march toward increasing freedom; toward justice for all; toward a society strong and flexible enough to meet the demands of all its own people, and a world of immense and dizzying change.

„The United States Government has taken steps to make sure that the constitution of the United States applies to all individuals.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

AP report with lead summarizing of remarks stating "Robert F. Kennedy said yesterday that the United States — despite Alabama violence — is moving so fast in race relations a Negro could be President in 40 years." "Negro President in 40 Years?" in Montreal Gazette (27 May 1961) http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19610527&id=y40tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=F50FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5424,5208719
Contesto: The Irish were not wanted there [when his grandfather came to Boston]. Now an Irish Catholic is president of the United States … There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has. … We have tried to make progress and we are making progress … we are not going to accept the status quo. … The United States Government has taken steps to make sure that the constitution of the United States applies to all individuals.

„For the fortunate amongst us, the fourth danger“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: For the fortunate amongst us, the fourth danger, my friends, is comfort, the temptation to follow the easy and familiar paths of personal ambition and financial success so grandly spread before those who have the privilege of an education. But that is not the road history has marked out for us. There is a Chinese curse which says, "May he live in interesting times." Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history. And everyone here will ultimately be judged — will ultimately judge himself — on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effort.

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