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!

May 11

Striving Together "for the Dignity of Man"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the 52nd anniversary of Sargent Shriver's appointment as US Ambassador to France.  On May 8, 1968, Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his arrival ceremony in Paris, as he officially presented his credentials to French President Charles de Gaulle. With...

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Apr 27

The "You" Decade

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a call to service that feels timely as we continue to deal with the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and as we await to see what's in store for the future of the Peace Corps.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the University of Michigan, in the same...

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Apr 20

How Do You Win a War on Poverty?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that in order to create a truly sustainable society, we must go beyond eliminating poverty; we must eliminate the conditions that lead people into poverty.In his 1965 Address to the Illinois State Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations,...

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Apr 13

"The best medical service in the world"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week highlights how economic disparities combined with the limitations of our for-profit health care system impact millions of Americans. Sargent Shriver's observations about the importance of accessible health care for all are particularly relevant now, as the coronavirus...

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Apr 06

Finding Purpose in Adversity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week provides a little bit of wisdom as we navigate our way through the crises arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. During this precarious time, the battles for our health, but also for justice, equality, and protection of others, are both brutal and unrelenting. One way to help...

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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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