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!

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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Dec 09

"For all Americans who feel politically powerless ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger than ourselves: service to our communities and to those more vulnerable than ourselves. By empowering others, we commit fully to our society and strengthen our own sense of citizenship.In 1968, Sargent...

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Nov 11

For Veterans' Day: Soldiers and Politics

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week forces us to think about what we can we do to respect and protect those who serve in the military. On this Veterans' Day, his words make us think about what we can do to truly honor our veterans, as well.Speaking about  "The Military Tradition"  while he...

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Nov 04

Reflecting on a Life of Service

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of one of the most important lessons that Sargent Shriver taught us: that we can live a fulfilling life by devoting ourselves to serving others.This week, we are celebrating the 104th anniversary of Sargent Shriver's birth. Born on November 9, 1915, Sargent...

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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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