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Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy was an American Politician. He was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.

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 At the heart of that Western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, all groups, and states, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any Western society. 
— Robert F. Kennedy "Day of Affirmation", speech, University of Capetown, South Africa / June 06, 1966
 Our answer is the world's hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. 
— Robert F. Kennedy "Day of Affirmation", speech, University of Capetown, South Africa / June 06, 1966
 A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability. 
— Robert F. Kennedy in a speech in the US Senate / May 09, 1966
 Now I can go back to being ruthless again. 
— Robert F. Kennedy after winning his race for a seat in the US Senate. / April 1965
 When there were periods of crisis, you stood beside him. When there were periods of happiness, you laughed with him. And when there were periods of sorrow, you comforted him. 
— Robert F. Kennedy in a tribute to John F. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention, speech, Atlantic City, New Jersey / August 27, 1964
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 The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public. 
— Robert F. Kennedy about Power / 1964
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