“ Peace is life, war is death; make unity for a better future and join the peace. ”
“ Absolute peace in our world is an unattainable goal. But it is one towards which we must continue to journey, our eyes fixed on it as a traveler in a desert fixes his eyes on the one guiding star that will lead him to salvation. ”
“ It’s easier to start wars than to end them and yes, peace is hard, but the forces of history which sometimes seem so large are not beyond our control. ”
“ Weapons do not make peace. Men make peace. And peace comes not through strength alone, but through wisdom and patience and restraint. ”
“ We cannot fulfill our vision and our commitment and our interest in a free and diverse future without unceasing vigilance, devotion, and, most of all, perseverance, a willingness to stay with it, a willingness to do with fatigue, a willingness not to accept easy answers, but instead, to maintain the burden… until finally we live in a peaceful world. ”
“ We are still the most powerful nation on Earth. But superpower, in my opinion…ought to be characteristic of a nation that would emulate the highest ideals of a human being. I happen to be a Christian and I talk quite a lot of the standards of Jesus Christ. We know him as a Prince of Peace, we know that he espoused justice, and that he reached out to be who were in need, he was forgiving, and so forth. I don’t see why the young people of this nation can’t set as a goal that our country would be a superpower in every respect. ”
Robert Kennedy affirmed this country-affirmed the essential decency of its people, their longing for peace, their desire to improve conditions of life for all.
During his life, he knew far more than his share of personal tragedy.
Yet he never abandoned his faith in America. He never lost his confidence in the spiritual strength of ordinary men and women. He believed in the capacity of the young for excellence—and in the right of the old and poor to a life of dignity.
Our public life is diminished by his loss.”
“ Peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. And if it is cast out there, then no act, no pact, no treaty, no organization can hope to preserve it without the support and the wholehearted commitment of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper; let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace, in the hearts and minds of all our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings. ”
“ For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling ‘civilized?’ And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another. While we spend much of our time and a great deal of our treasure in preparing for war, we see no comparable effort to establish a lasting peace. Meanwhile, emphasizing the sloth in this regard, those advocates who work for world peace by urging a system of world government are called impractical dreamers. Those impractical dreamers are entitled to ask their critics what is so practical about war. ”