to seek, to find, and not to yield

Snippets from Ted Kennedy, 1980:

I am asking you to renew our commitment to a fair and lasting prosperity that can put America back to work.

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

Our cause has been, since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the cause of the common man and the common woman.

The commitment I seek is not to outworn views but to old values that will never wear out. Programs may sometimes become obsolete, but the ideal of fairness always endures.

We must insist that our children and our grandchildren shall inherit a land which they can truly call America the beautiful.

Among you, my golden friends across this land, I have listened and learned.