But it turns out the quote most often attributed to him wasn't really his. It was JFK who first paraphrased the line from a George Bernard Shaw play (Back to Methuselah). But when Teddy Kennedy used the quote to close his brother's eulogy in 1968, it became forever attached to Robert and can be found now on posters, email signatures, and even scribbled down the left arm of Taylor Swift.
In the end, it probably doesn't matter much who said it first. That it has been assigned to Robert Kennedy speaks volumes about his legacy. "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say, why not?"
Here's a clip from Jack Paar's Tonight Show interview with RFK four months after JFK's assassination. It is followed by a beautifully edited 6-minute presentation of his speech, "The Mindless Menace of Violence," from Mindwalker Studios. The speech was delivered, somewhat prophetically, only two months before a menacing act of violence brought an end to RFK's remarkable life.