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Edward Kennedy Quote: “Health care is a right, not a privilege.”

Health care is a right, not a privilege.

— Edward Kennedy



Edward Kennedy Quote: “What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Have faith in yourself and in the future.”

Have faith in yourself and in the future.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.”

Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “There is no morality in the mushroom cloud. The black rain of nuclear ashes will fall alike on the just and the unjust. And then it will be too late to wish that we had done the real work of this atomic age, which is to seek a world that is neither red nor dead.”

There is no morality in the mushroom cloud. The black rain of nuclear ashes will fall alike on the just and the unjust. And then it will be too late to wish that we had done the real work of this atomic age, which is to seek a world that is neither red nor dead.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I get up very early in the morning. I enjoy the quietness, the stillness, the rawness in the winter and fall. It’s a special time.”

I get up very early in the morning. I enjoy the quietness, the stillness, the rawness in the winter and fall. It’s a special time.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Sometimes a party must sail against the wind. We cannot heed the call of those who say it is time to furl the sail. The party that tore itself apart over Vietnam in the 1960s cannot afford to tear itself apart today over budget cuts in basic social programs.”

Sometimes a party must sail against the wind. We cannot heed the call of those who say it is time to furl the sail. The party that tore itself apart over Vietnam in the 1960s cannot afford to tear itself apart today over budget cuts in basic social programs.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Health care is not just another commodity. It is not a gift to be rationed based on the ability to pay. It is time to make universal health insurance a national priority, so that the basic right to health care can finally become a reality for every American.”

Health care is not just another commodity. It is not a gift to be rationed based on the ability to pay. It is time to make universal health insurance a national priority, so that the basic right to health care can finally become a reality for every American.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Violence is an admission that one’s ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.”

Violence is an admission that one’s ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.

— Edward Kennedy



Edward Kennedy Quote: “The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree.”

The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered 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.”

My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered 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.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “If I can leave a single message with the younger generation, it is to lash yourself to the mast, like Ulysses if you must, to escape the siren calls of complacency and indifference.”

If I can leave a single message with the younger generation, it is to lash yourself to the mast, like Ulysses if you must, to escape the siren calls of complacency and indifference.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.”

For all my years in public life, I have believed that America must sail toward the shores of liberty and justice for all. There is no end to that journey, only the next great voyage. We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “We need the breast and the brightest to- umm the best and the brightest...”

We need the breast and the brightest to- umm the best and the brightest...

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “There is no safety in hiding. Like my brothers before me, I pick up a fallen standard. Sustained by the memory of our priceless years together, I shall try to carry forward that special commitment to justice, excellence and courage that distinguished their lives.”

There is no safety in hiding. Like my brothers before me, I pick up a fallen standard. Sustained by the memory of our priceless years together, I shall try to carry forward that special commitment to justice, excellence and courage that distinguished their lives.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I hate to see a young man get ahead on the basis of a famous family name.”

I hate to see a young man get ahead on the basis of a famous family name.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Don’t sacrifice your political convictions for the convenience of the hour.”

Don’t sacrifice your political convictions for the convenience of the hour.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Frankly, I don’t mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.”

Frankly, I don’t mind not being President. I just mind that someone else is.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Will a nominee embrace and uphold the essential meaning of the four words inscribed above the entrance of the Supreme Court building: Equal justice under law?”

Will a nominee embrace and uphold the essential meaning of the four words inscribed above the entrance of the Supreme Court building: Equal justice under law?

— Edward Kennedy



Edward Kennedy Quote: “Justice Lewis Powell spoke for all of us when he said: Equal justice under law is perhaps the most inspiring idea of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists.”

Justice Lewis Powell spoke for all of us when he said: Equal justice under law is perhaps the most inspiring idea of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud.”

There was no imminent threat. This was made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we made.”

We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we made.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I think a child calling for his mother is the most beautiful sound in the world.”

I think a child calling for his mother is the most beautiful sound in the world.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Never listen to a phone call that isn’t meant for you. Never read a letter that isn’t meant for you. Never pay attention to a comment that isn’t meant for you. Never violate people’s privacy. You will save yourself a lot of anguish.”

Never listen to a phone call that isn’t meant for you. Never read a letter that isn’t meant for you. Never pay attention to a comment that isn’t meant for you. Never violate people’s privacy. You will save yourself a lot of anguish.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Under the Bush administration, openness and accountability have been replaced by secrecy and evasion of responsibility. They abuse their power, conceal their actions from the American people, and refuse to hold officials accountable.”

Under the Bush administration, openness and accountability have been replaced by secrecy and evasion of responsibility. They abuse their power, conceal their actions from the American people, and refuse to hold officials accountable.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I have fallen short in my life, but my faith has always brought me home.”

I have fallen short in my life, but my faith has always brought me home.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “As we have seen from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s example, even one justice can profoundly alter the meaning of those words for our citizens. Even one justice can deeply affect the rights and liberties of the American people.”

As we have seen from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s example, even one justice can profoundly alter the meaning of those words for our citizens. Even one justice can deeply affect the rights and liberties of the American people.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “She’s a wonderful, wonderful person, and we’re looking to a happy and wonderful night – ah, life.”

She’s a wonderful, wonderful person, and we’re looking to a happy and wonderful night – ah, life.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division.”

I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “The core values of our constitution are at the heart of our nation’s progress.”

The core values of our constitution are at the heart of our nation’s progress.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.”

I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “No one who works for a living should live in poverty.”

No one who works for a living should live in poverty.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “We were taught never to give up, never to passively accept fate, but to exhaust every last ounce of will and hope in the face of any challenge.”

We were taught never to give up, never to passively accept fate, but to exhaust every last ounce of will and hope in the face of any challenge.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “I favor access to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”

I favor access to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Separation of church and state cannot mean an absolute separation between moral principles and political power.”

Separation of church and state cannot mean an absolute separation between moral principles and political power.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein’s regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed.”

There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein’s regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Supreme Court nominations are an occasion to pause and reflect on the values that make our nation strong, just and fair. And we must determine whether a nominee has a demonstrated commitment to those basic values.”

Supreme Court nominations are an occasion to pause and reflect on the values that make our nation strong, just and fair. And we must determine whether a nominee has a demonstrated commitment to those basic values.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “A good marriage is loving someone in a lot of different circumstances. Respect for them and their views and ideas and the life that they’re leading with you. Shared values and interests. A good sense of humour. And a little volatility along the way.”

A good marriage is loving someone in a lot of different circumstances. Respect for them and their views and ideas and the life that they’re leading with you. Shared values and interests. A good sense of humour. And a little volatility along the way.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “The great adventures which our opponents offer is a voyage into the past. Progress is our heritage, not theirs. What is right for us as Democrats is also the right way for Democrats to win.”

The great adventures which our opponents offer is a voyage into the past. Progress is our heritage, not theirs. What is right for us as Democrats is also the right way for Democrats to win.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “What we have in the United States is not so much a health-care system as a disease-care system.”

What we have in the United States is not so much a health-care system as a disease-care system.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “The more our feelings diverge, the more deeply felt they are, the greater is our obligation to grant the sincerity and essential decency of our fellow citizens on the other side.”

The more our feelings diverge, the more deeply felt they are, the greater is our obligation to grant the sincerity and essential decency of our fellow citizens on the other side.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Keep your tax-cutting, greedy hands off our medicare.”

Keep your tax-cutting, greedy hands off our medicare.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Ultimately, the courts will make the final judgment whether the White House has gone too far. Independent and impartial judges must assess the proper balance between protecting our liberties and protecting our national security.”

Ultimately, the courts will make the final judgment whether the White House has gone too far. Independent and impartial judges must assess the proper balance between protecting our liberties and protecting our national security.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “The Supreme Court must serve as an independent check on abuses by the executive branch and the protector of our liberties, not a cheerleader for an imperial presidency.”

The Supreme Court must serve as an independent check on abuses by the executive branch and the protector of our liberties, not a cheerleader for an imperial presidency.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Dad, I’m in some trouble. There’s been an accident and you’re going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.”

Dad, I’m in some trouble. There’s been an accident and you’re going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “If you persevere, stick with it, wok at it, you have a real opportunity to achieve. If you do your best and keep a true compass, you’ll get there.”

If you persevere, stick with it, wok at it, you have a real opportunity to achieve. If you do your best and keep a true compass, you’ll get there.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “Individual faults and frailties are no excuse to give in – and no exemption from the common obligation to give of ourselves.”

Individual faults and frailties are no excuse to give in – and no exemption from the common obligation to give of ourselves.

— Edward Kennedy


Edward Kennedy Quote: “It’s disgraceful that year after year, Congress has bowed to the tobacco lobby and refused to act.”

It’s disgraceful that year after year, Congress has bowed to the tobacco lobby and refused to act.

— Edward Kennedy

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