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Our blog is the place we share our Quote of the Week as well as other insights about our work and about our community. As our society continues to struggle with some of the same issues that Sargent Shriver focused on -- poverty, racism, inequality, war -- we believe it's important to share our stories with each other. Do you have a story to share about Sarge? Has his work influenced you? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Dec 09

"For all Americans who feel politically powerless ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger than ourselves: service to our communities and to those more vulnerable than ourselves. By empowering others, we commit fully to our society and strengthen our own sense of citizenship.In 1968, Sargent...

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Nov 11

For Veterans' Day: Soldiers and Politics

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week forces us to think about what we can we do to respect and protect those who serve in the military. On this Veterans' Day, his words make us think about what we can do to truly honor our veterans, as well.Speaking about  "The Military Tradition"  while he...

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Nov 04

Reflecting on a Life of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of one of the most important lessons that Sargent Shriver taught us: that we can live a fulfilling life by devoting ourselves to serving others.This week, we are celebrating the 104th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's birth. Born on November 9, 1915, Sargent...

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Jul 08

"Go Forth and Conquer the World"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With our Quote of the Week, we convey a simple message to all who are looking around and wondering how they can engage with the world around them to make a positive difference. Sarge's message to us is to look within, use the tools we have, and start from where are in order to create "a more...

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Jun 24

"A Net Beneath Which We Will Not Let One Another Fall"

Our Quote of the Week expresses, rather poetically, Sargent Shriver's vision of the social safety net. It also encapsulates how he saw the nature of citizenship: that as citizens, we must be aware that we are all connected to one another, and that we therefore have a responsibility to give those...

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Apr 22

A Life of Overwhelming Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

With millions of our Christian and Jewish sisters and brothers celebrating Easter and Passover this past weekend, our Quote of the Week is a message of love that reflects the spirit of joy and renewal of the season. The Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that have taken hundreds of lives and affected...

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Apr 08

"Be a History Maker"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week comes from a commencement speech that Sargent Shriver made in 1964, during the nascent months of the War on Poverty and the height of the Peace Corps.In his speech, Sargent Shriver acknowledges the scale of the challenges set before him to bring 30...

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Feb 18

For Presidents Day, Some Thoughts about Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On this Presidents Day, we take our Quote of the Week from a piece of advice Sargent Shriver gave a group of aspiring young leaders in 1957. He was speaking on the topic of citizenship at the time. Presidents Day has us thinking quite a bit about leadership. We certainly think of Sargent...

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