• To know John Kennedy, as I did, was to understand the true meaning of the word. He understood that courage is not something to be gauged in a poll or located in a focus group. No adviser can spin it. No historian can backdate it. For, in the age old contest between popularity and principle, only those willing to lose for their convictions are deserving of posterity's approval.

    Remarks by President Gerald R. Ford on Receiving the 2001 Profile in Courage Award, May 21, 2001.
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