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5 Brilliant Quotes From JFK's Younger Brother Robert Kennedy

John F. Kennedy had a young brother named Robert who many only know little about. JFK was a brilliant man and President. His younger brother, Robert, was just as good. With this post we pay homage to Robert Kennedy and present 5 brilliant quotes that will inspire and give insight into who he was:

1.) "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. 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." - Robert Kennedy

2.) "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert Kennedy

3.) "The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better." - Robert Kennedy

4.) "Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, 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 a world that yields most painfully to change." - Robert Kennedy

5.) "It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain" - Robert Kennedy

Here is a bonus quote about Gross National Product (GNP) and how economists measure the economy: 

"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product...if we should judge the United States of America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans." - Robert Kennedy