Quote of the Week

We started the blog to share stories about Sargent Shriver's work, our work, and updates from 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!

Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 31 12:16:45 EDT 2017

Building Strength through Diplomacy and Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver served as the first Director of the Peace Corps from March 1961 until February 1966. He also led the War on Poverty from January 1964 until March 1968, creating the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) and establishing a variety of poverty programs, many of which continue to...

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Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 24 13:01:09 EDT 2017

"One Lifeboat in a Sea of Stars"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In 1975, Sargent Shriver gave an Address to the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. In it, he made the point that human beings yearn deeply for three seemingly contradictory things: independence, unity, and transcendence. He spoke eloquently about how all of these yearnings work together...

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Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 17 11:55:47 EDT 2017

The Power of Cooperation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Sargent Shriver spoke these words at age 41 in his then-home of Chicago, Illinois. His observation about the importance of cooperation, specifically in American life, may sound counterintuitive in a culture that places so much value on the supremacy of the individual and on the importance of...

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Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 10 13:08:31 EDT 2017

"Living Life as it Ought to be Lived"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week communicates a simple message that can be difficult to put into action: that to live our best life, we should act in a way that is consistent with our principles. For Sargent Shriver, those principles included the notion that all human beings were worthy of dignity,...

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Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017 Mon Jul 03 11:40:10 EDT 2017

For Independence Day: A Reflection On Our Common Humanity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we celebrate Independence Day in the US, we're reflecting on America's identity and on our role in the world. In many ways, we're more connected to each other than ever. But we face a difficult challenge: that the more we deal with each other, the more we have a tendency to be fearful of...

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Mon Jun 26 16:06:37 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 26 16:06:37 EDT 2017

The Importance of Health

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Throughout his career, Sargent Shriver spoke many times about the fundamental importance of good health, and about society's responsibility to provide health care to our citizens. Our Quote of the Week is from Sargent Shriver's Speech at the Dedication Ceremony of the South Central Multi-Purpose...

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Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 19 12:35:41 EDT 2017

Ending Violence through Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

A girl is assaulted and beaten to death after leaving her mosque on Father's Day. A group of congresspeople is shot at during a baseball practice. A community despairs after a police officer is found not guilty of killing a man during a traffic stop. These are just a few of the brutal events...

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Mon Jun 12 12:08:16 EDT 2017 Mon Jun 12 12:08:16 EDT 2017

Working Together for the Common Good

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from Sargent Shriver's 2002 Speech at Washington and Lee University, a speech we return to often for its ability to inspire. This particular quote highlights two important notions for Sargent Shriver: that we are all connected, and that we can work together to improve...

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