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!

Dec 21

"I choose peace"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week recognizes our ever-increasing interdependence and anticipates a future in which peace is our only reasonable choice.This week's quote, from Sargent Shriver's 2002 Speech at the National Peace Corps Association's 41st Annual Celebration Dinner, highlights two beliefs that...

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Dec 14

Justice = Safety

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that ensuring people's physical safety is an important component of justice in a stable and caring society.In 1974, Sargent Shriver gave a speech at Wake Forest University on the topic of "The Injustice of Justice in America". An attorney by profession,...

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Dec 07

Creating "an America of the Heart"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week is an invitation for all of us to join in creating what Sargent Shriver calls an "America of the heart," a place in which humanity is nurtured, and the systemic causes of racism, poverty, and injustice are eradicated.In his 1964 Providence College Commencement,...

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Nov 30

Celebrating Women's Leadership

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week celebrates the landmark appointments of women to leadership roles in the incoming Biden administration. While we are thrilled to see the progress that a much more inclusive and diverse group of leaders will bring, we are also aware the "movement" towards equality...

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Nov 23

Abundance and Deprivation

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

As we approach Thanksgiving, Our Quote of the Week reminds us that while some of us enjoy the privileges of material abundance and economic stability, too many of us struggle to acquire even the basics to sustain life. This is especially important to remember as the economic distress caused by...

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Nov 16

"The challenge before America today ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that unless we place the welfare of humanity above all else, in our politics, commerce, and in all of our systems, we are prioritizing the wrong things. In his fiery and engaging 1967 Address at the University of California, Sargent Shriver quoted...

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Nov 09

How Do You Make an Extraordinary Citizen?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

On the 105th anniversary of his birth, our Quote of the Week honors the example of citizenship that Sargent Shriver left for us.In a rousing speech about citizenship to young leaders, Sargent Shriver spoke about the potential of Chicago, his home at the time. The year was 1957, and when...

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Oct 26

A Message About Justice from the Campaign Trail

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week, from Sargent Shriver's 1972 Vice Presidential campaign, makes a statement about justice that continues to feel timely, and urgent, in 2020.In an explosive and sweeping campaign speech to Black broadcasters at the National Association of Radio and Television Announcers,...

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