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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:2095
AUTHOR:Robert Francis Kennedy (1925–68)
QUOTATION:Our answer is the world’s hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement of danger. It demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.
ATTRIBUTION:Senator ROBERT F. KENNEDY, “Day of Affirmation,” address delivered at the University of Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.—Congressional Record, June 6, 1966, vol. 112, p. 12430.

  Kennedy was quoting Samuel Ullman’s description of youth; see No. 2099.
SUBJECTS:Youth
 
 
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