Quote of the Week

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!

Aug 09

Making "Ordinary Health Care" Accessible to All

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is from 1967 but it highlights a problem that continues to be true today: that our for-profit health care system virtually shuts out the poor, making it impossible for all of us to have equal access to care.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at the first American Medical...

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Aug 02

Seeking "a common existence"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that to tackle society’s biggest challenges, we must transcend the “-isms” that limit and divide us – nationalism, individualism, liberalism, conservatism – and employ the values that bind us together as a human family. It is only by focusing on our "common...

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Jul 26

Developing an Environmental Consciousness --Together

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that our industries have developed in ways that undermine nature and that threaten our lives and our environment. It also highlights the fact that to change our reality, we must undertake a large-scale, collaborative international effort.In 1975, Sargent Shriver...

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Jul 18

"The most powerful force we have"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that our greatest power as a people is not fueled by economic strength or by military force. It comes from our ability to work in service of peace, justice, and love.In his 1964 Address to Bellarmine College, Sargent Shriver describes how the United States...

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Jul 12

History's Great Changes "Come from Us"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is an important reminder of the ability we, the people, have to effect positive change. In an era in which so many of us are disenchanted with our leaders, let us remember that we have the power to organize and to act with purpose in order to improve life for those around...

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Jul 05

A "Human Rights View of Society"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week defines the basic characteristics of humans as distinct, spiritual beings capable of love and worthy of having our rights protected from attack. We lift up this fundamental “human rights view of society” in the wake of Independence Day and in a moment in which a series of...

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Jun 28

Towards a Nonviolent Society

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is a radical expression of nonviolence. No matter our positions on race, law enforcement, or weapons, It would benefit all of us to imagine a world without violence, one that gives space for past aggressions and injustices to heal, and that allows us to come together as one,...

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Jun 21

Crime as a Failure "in the Opportunity Structure"

Our Quote of the Week reframes the notion of crime as a lack of opportunity. The “opportunity structure” to which Sargent Shriver refers includes necessities – adequate education, housing, health care, work – that are out of reach for far too many of us.Sargent Shriver spoke these words in his...

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