Change “Comes From Us”

“It is futile to wait just for leaders to improve society. All of history’s great changes — nonviolent changes — came from below, not from above. It comes from us, and often from the least of us. From my own life I can tell you. It’s not what you get out of life. It’s what you give to others in life which truly enriches your own life.”
Sargent Shriver | Hartford, CT| May 21, 2004

In our Quote of the Week, Sargent Shriver reminds us that we all have the ability to create positive change. In a short but powerful speech given at the University of Hartford, Sarge reminds us that “real personal and professional success is measured by whether you have improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country, and your fellow human beings.” He emphasizes the importance of service as the way to effect change and to achieve true success.

Sarge put his beliefs into practice throughout his career, as the architect of the Peace Corps and the programs of the War on Poverty (including Head Start, Community Action, VISTA, all of which continue to serve Americans today). His diplomatic efforts as the US Ambassador to France, his influence on the growth of Special Olympics, and his impact in the area of poverty law also demonstrate his ability to effect change, to serve, and to inspire others to do the same. To learn more about Sargent Shriver’s accomplishments, click here.

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Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us.
Sargent Shriver
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