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!

Mar 30

"The World is One Lifeboat ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week encapsulates Sargent Shriver's view of humanity in a simple but poetic way. The coronavirus pandemic is making more evident a basic truth about humanity of which Sargent Shriver often reminded us: that we are all connected, and if some of us are struggling, that struggle...

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Mar 23

A Poignant Anniversary for the Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 59th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as the first Director of the Peace Corps. As with many of our institutions, today the Peace Corps faces an unprecedented situation, that of recalling all of its current volunteers from abroad because of the risks...

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Mar 16

Sargent Shriver on Health

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week centers on the importance of good health, a topic that is at the forefront of many of our thoughts, discussions, and decisions at the moment. The novel coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to pause and to consider the value of health, and the importance of robust systems to...

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Mar 09

"The women's movement must be America's movement"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Our Quote of the Week highlights the inequities that persist between women and men in 2020. Sargent Shriver may have spoken these words in 1975, but they continue to resonate today. During the early days of his 1976 Presidential...

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Mar 02

The Peace Corps in the 21st Century

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 59th anniversary of the creation of the Peace Corps. On March 1, 1961, President Kennedy signed the executive order to create the Peace Corps. Three weeks later, on March 22, he would name Sargent Shriver as its first Director. Taken from Sargent...

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Feb 24

"We are a dead society if ..."

Our Quote of the Week makes a simple but crucial statement about the goals of the War on Poverty, and about the continued importance of those goals for our human family. It reminds us that until every human being has "equality and justice and dignity," we cannot have true peace. In a...

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Feb 10

Some Reflections on Being an Ally during Black History Month

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Some Reflections on Being an Ally during Black History MonthOur Quote of the Week shows us how to confront the racism that has been in our culture for centuries, and that is increasingly visible in our communities and institutions right now. As we move through Black History Month, Sargent...

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Feb 03

A government that "can restore a sense of community"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week gets us thinking about the qualities that are most important in our government leaders. With the 2020 Democratic primaries kicking off and the Presidential election nine months away, we're excited to hear from (and support) leaders who bring a positive outlook, the skills to...

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