24 Top-Notch Edward Kennedy Quotes

Edward Kennedy, commonly known as Ted Kennedy, was a member of the United States Senate and the Democratic Party. Brother to the late John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, Edward Kennedy was unabashedly liberal and referred to as the Lion of the Senate. During his years of service, Kennedy was responsible for enacting more than 300 bills during his lifetime. Here is a look at some of the most notable Edward Kennedy quotes ever documented.

“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.”

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

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

“I have seen throughout my life how we as a people can rise to a challenge, embrace change and renew our destiny.”

“I hope for an America where no president, no public official, no individual will ever be deemed a greater or lesser American because of religious doubt — or religious belief.”

“I recognize my own shortcomings — the faults in the conduct of my private life. I realize that I alone am responsible for them, and I am the one who must confront them. I believe that each of us as individuals must not only struggle to make a better world, but to make ourselves better, too.”


“I think about my brothers every day.”

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

“It’s now clear that from the very moment President Bush took office, Iraq was his highest priority as unfinished business from the first Bush Administration. His agenda was clear: find a rationale to get rid of Saddam.”

“Let us reject the counsels of doubt and calculation.”

“Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it’s called the Bush Administration.”

“Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management.”

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

“The Republicans are looking after the financial interests of the wealthiest individuals in this country.”

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.”

“There is no safety in hiding.”

“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.”

“Today, we say the only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush.”

“We are giving assurance to the American families that help is on its way.”

“We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”

“We have learned that it is important to take issues seriously, but never to take ourselves too seriously.”

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

“We want to support our troops because they didn’t make the decision to go there… but I don’t think it should be open-ended. We ought to have a benchmark where the administration has to come back and give us a report.”

“Yes, we are all Americans. This is what we do. We reach the moon. We scale the heights. I know it. I’ve seen it. I’ve lived it. And we can do it again.”

Here was a video tribute to the Former Senator Ted Kennedy as introduced at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

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