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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 25

A Thanksgiving Prayer

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Thanksgiving Quote of the Week expresses gratitude in a characteristically Shriveresque way. Sargent Shriver recited this prayer at a meeting of the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. He was Chair of the Board of Special Olympics at the time. A deeply devout person whose...

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Nov 18

"Architects for Humanity"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that unless we place the welfare of humanity above all else, in our politics, commerce, and in all of our systems, we are prioritizing the wrong things. This is a timely message in a moment when so many communities at home and abroad are struggling with economic...

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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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Oct 28

The Land of Opportunity ... for ALL of us

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week links together two battles that were central to Sargent Shriver's work: one to achieve civil rights, and the other to end poverty for all Americans. Our quote is from Sargent Shriver's March 1964 Address to the United Negro College Fund Symposium, an early speech from...

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Oct 21

"The Shaping of a Common Existence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week may be from almost 44 years ago, but it makes some observations that continue to ring true in our hyperconnected world: no matter how much we attempt to separate or isolate ourselves from other countries, we share a common existence. The challenges and threats that we face...

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Oct 14

The Peace Corps' Origin Story: A Lesson in Leadership and Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 59th anniversary of a fateful speech by John F. Kennedy at the University of Michigan, our Quote of the Week recalls the origins of the Peace Corps. It also reminds us of the strong leadership and belief in service of thousands of Americans, politicians and civilians alike, which brought...

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