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!

Feb 22

For Black History Month, Some Words about Racism from Shriver and King

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quotes of the Week stand together as a stark reminder: that racism causes us to exploit and harm Black Americans first and foremost, but that ultimately, it damages all of us, and particularly those who are struggling economically.In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to pair a quote by...

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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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Feb 08

Turning to Love

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to consider love as a power. As we approach Valentine's Day 2021, let us move beyond the superficial trappings of love to establish a deeper connection with those around us, by showing empathy and serving our communities.In his electric and free-wheeling 1967 ...

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Feb 01

Remembering a War on Poverty Milestone

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the day we mark the 57th anniversary of the day on which President Johnson asked Sargent Shriver to lead the War on Poverty, our Quote of the Week reminds us of the combination of idealism and pragmatism that Shriver brought to the effort.This week's quote is from the Boston College...

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Jan 25

Remembering Our Common Humanity in a Moment of Struggle

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week serves as an important reminder during this moment of struggle in the US and throughout the world: that no matter our background and circumstances, we all have the same basic needs, and we are spiritually connected to each other by our common humanity.This week's quote is...

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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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Jan 04

"We will not let one another fall"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our first Quote of the Week for 2021 sets a collective intention for us all: to work for a society in which all of us are cared for when we are in need and are given opportunities to live life to our full potential.In a 1996 Address to the Frederick County Democratic State Central Committee,...

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Dec 28

A New Period in Our History

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week may be from 1973, but it expresses a sentiment that we share as we enter 2021: that the new year may usher in a new era of justice, democracy, and strong leadership.Speaking at an event for the Democratic Party of Oklahoma, Sargent Shriver began his remarks by noting the...

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