Monday, November 21, 2011

Quote: Edward Moore Kennedy

 
John, Robert and Edward ("Ted") Kennedy

Robert F Kennedy (`1925-1968), the younger brother of assassinated President John F Kennedy (1917-1963), was the front runner in the 1968 Presidential election when he too was assassinated. 

Following is part of the eulogy delivered by Edward M Kennedy (1932-2009) at the funeral of his brother Robert:

We loved him as a brother, and as a father, and as a son. From his parents, and from his older brothers and sisters -- Joe and Kathleen and Jack -- he received an inspiration which he passed on to all of us. He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side. 

Love is not an easy feeling to put into words. Nor is loyalty, or trust, or joy. But he was all of these. He loved life completely and he lived it intensely. 


That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us. 

My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. 

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. 

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

"Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not." 

See part of the eulogy at:


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