Quote of the Week

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!

Jan 20

For MLK Day: Some Thoughts on Racism, Privilege, and Being an Ally

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week for this Martin Luther King Day zones in on what is at the heart of racism: the desire to feel superior, combined with the fear of being less than. This clash of deep-seated human emotions has fueled racism, white supremacy, and oppression for centuries. Sargent Shriver...

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Jan 13

"Our community is the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the ties that bind our human family. To ignore the suffering of those we think of as "other," particularly when they are far away, may seem like an easy thing to do, but in our interconnected world, the suffering of others will make its way back to us...

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Jan 06

"No matter how many bombs we drop ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a basic principle that we can't afford to forget now: no amount of violence can lead to a more peaceful world.Sargent Shriver spoke these words two months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, while addressing his alma mater at the Yale University Daily...

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Dec 23

For the Holiday Season: a Call to Peace and Service

Our Quote of the Week is a challenge to all of us to build a more peaceful world. As Sargent Shriver points out, one of the key ways we can do that is to give of ourselves through service. As we make our way through the holiday season, we can think of no message that is more relevant and more...

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Dec 16

Learning to Live Together in Peace

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week describes a key component for building a more peaceful future for all of us -- fostering a true understanding of the world's major cultures. As we enter the holiday season, we're reflecting on what can help us bridge the divides that cause fear, tension, and sometimes...

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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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