Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Robert Francis Kennedy (192568)
Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce lawsbut the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law floutedwhen we tolerate what we know to be wrongwhen we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightenedwhen we fail to speak up and speak outwe strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, attorney general, remarks before the Joint Defense Appeal of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of the Bnai Brith, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 1961.A New Day: Robert F. Kennedy, ed. Bill Adler, p. 26 (1968).