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!

Jul 15

Engaged Citizenship

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week calls on us to examine the meaning of citizenship and engaged, productive participation in our democracy. It comes from a speech that Sargent Shriver delivered at the American Military Cemetery and Memorial in Suresnes, only weeks after being sworn in as US Ambassador to...

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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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Jul 01

Remembering Stonewall: Legal Protection, Justice, and Opportunity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, our Quote of the Week makes a clear and decisive statement about protecting the legal rights and personal freedoms of the LGBTQ+ community. With this extraordinary statement, made while he was running for President, Sargent Shriver...

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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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Jun 13

"The Most Important Political Problem"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a prescient observation about the priorities for preserving the well being of humanity in the 21st century. Although he does not use the word, Sargent Shriver's focus here is something that many of us are talking about and working on today: sustainability.In the 1970s,...

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Jun 10

Our Technology ...

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a concern many of us share: that technology is developing at a speed that does not always allow us to use it in ways that honor our humanity, our dignity, and our fragility. To be sure, the technological advancements we have seen over the past 50 years are...

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Jun 03

Focused Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a stark reminder that to have a political system that functions for the people, we must elect leaders who focus on serving the people. Of course, this statement implies that we too have a role: by being engaged citizens, by being involved in the political process, we can...

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May 27

Remembering President Kennedy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week honors our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, on the 102nd anniversary of his birth this week. A leader who captured the imagination of millions throughout the world, and whose sweeping initiatives, from creating the Peace Corps to expanding the space program and...

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