Robert Francis Kennedy citáty
Robert Francis Kennedy
Datum narození: 20. listopad 1925
Datum úmrtí: 6. červen 1968
Další jména: Роберт Кеннеди
Robert Francis „Bobby“ Kennedy, známý také jako „RFK“, , byl americký politik, jeden ze dvou mladších bratrů prezidenta USA Johna F. Kennedyho, který jej jmenoval do své vlády jako ministra spravedlnosti. Robert F. Kennedy úzce se svým bratrem spolupracoval během invaze v Zátoce sviní a Karibské krize. V roce 1964, rok po smrti svého bratra, byl Robert F. Kennedy zvolen do Senátu za stát New York a o čtyři roky později kandidoval na prezidenta. Byl zavražděn 5. června 1968, krátce poté, co na demokratických primárkách, které se konaly v hotelu Ambassador v Los Angeles, přednesl svůj projev.
Citáty Robert Francis Kennedy
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„Kennedy was not impressed by military objections. The Bay of Pigs had taught the President to distrust the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The first advice I’m going to give my successor,” he once said to his journalist friend Ben Bradlee, “is to watch the generals and to avoid feeling that because they were military men their opinions on military matters were worth a damn.”4 During the missile crisis Kennedy courteously and consistently rejected the Joint Chiefs’ bellicose recommendations. “These brass hats have one great advantage in their favor,” he said. “If we…do what they want us to do, none of us will be alive later to tell them that they were wrong.”5“
— Robert F. Kennedy, Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
„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), Context: 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.