Public Service

On our blog, 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 Sargent Shriver or about one of the issues he cared about? Share your story with us by emailing it to info@sargentshriver.org. Maybe we'll post it here!

Nov 15

The Importance of Human-centric Diplomacy

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week exemplifies the kind of diplomacy that Sargent Shriver conducted throughout his career. Underlining issues of human rights and injustice that affect all too many people around the world, and making a dynamic call to action to those "who are gathered", Shriver...

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Sep 27

The "Politician's Job" and the "Common Good"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week shows the importance of public service. Through Sargent Shriver's words, we understand the high stakes of holding public office and the influence of political decisions on our everyday lives. Sixty-five years ago, Sargent Shriver spoke about government to a young audience in...

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Feb 12

"Leadership in America ..."

Our Quote of the Week for Presidents Day invites us to reflect on the nature of leadership. It reminds us of two things: that there is a need to bring forth new and diverse voices and approaches to leadership; and that within our system, winning an election and governing effectively require...

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Jan 11

"Truthfulness and honesty in public life"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week places emphasis on one of the most important qualities a political leader can have at any time, and particularly in this moment: the ability to tell the truth.This week's quote comes from Sargent Shriver's 1972 Graduation Speech at St. Ignatius, an address he gave while...

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Aug 31

Leadership and Listening

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that the ability to listen is of fundamental importance for our leaders. It allows them to connect with people, to develop empathy, and to be guided in their decision-making by the needs of the people they serve.In 1976, Sargent Shriver was a Democratic candidate...

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Aug 24

"Go into politics and change the system"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week underlines the fact that we can turn our doubts about the political system into action -- perhaps by entering into a life of public service ourselves! At the same time, the quote reminds us of a vitally important characteristic any political leader must have -- honesty....

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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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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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