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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.  It is a revolutionary world we live in, and thus, as I have said in Latin America and Asia, in Europe and in the United States, it is young people who must take the lead.  Thus you, and your young compatriots everywhere, have had thrust upon you a greater burden of responsibility than any generation that has ever lived.
   —  Robert F. Kennedy
National Union of South African Students “Day of Affirmation” Speech
June 6th, 1966
University of Cape Town, South Africa
[Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday everyone!  The “Dream” endures…  You can read RFK’s full speech here.  —  KMAB]
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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, 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.
“If Athens shall appear great to you,” said Pericles, “consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.”  That is the source of all greatness in all societies, and it is the key to progress in our time.
    —  Robert F. Kennedy
From: N.U.S.A.S. “Day of Affirmation” Speech
6 June 1966
University of Cape Town, South Africa
[To read the full speech, click here.  —  KMAB]
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Few will have the greatness to bend history, 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…
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.
  —  Robert F. Kennedy
From his “Day of Affirmation” speech given to National Union of South African Students members at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, on June 6, 1966
[I love it when I find a quote which coincides with my over-arching theme of ripples, currents and vibrations!  —  KMAB]
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