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!

Oct 11

For Indigenous Peoples Day: A Program for Charting One's Own Course

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us of the importance of fostering the empowerment and self-determination of the many communities of Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we live. In 1965, Sargent Shriver gave an address at the National Conference of American Indians in Scottsdale,...

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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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Sep 13

September 11 and the "Third Goal" of Peace Corps

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week invites us to remember the third of the "Three Goals" of Peace Corps, and inspires us to work towards a more unified, peaceful world.At the age of 87, Sargent Shriver appeared at the 2002 National Peace Corps Association Conference, where he spoke these words....

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Sep 02

"The cause of labor is the cause of all America ..."

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

In a  speech given 49 years ago this week, Sargent Shriver addressed American workers and articulated all of the issues facing labor that he saw at the time. This is one in a of a series of speeches that Shriver made on the campaign trail in 1972, when he ran for Vice President on the...

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Aug 30

Reflecting on Civil Rights and Human Rights, 58 Years after the March on Washington

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week was chosen in celebration of the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington (August 28, 1963), in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech. It reminds us that if the United States is to have any kind of international authority in...

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Aug 23

We Can Eliminate Poverty

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week marks the 57th anniversary of the passing of the Economic Opportunity Act (August 20, 1964), the legislation that officially launched the War on Poverty. It captures a watershed moment in our history, when a collective belief that we could eliminate poverty gave us enough...

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Aug 16

How do we define peace?

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to reflect on our fundamental definition of "peace", reminding us that "peace is more than the absence of war". In order to create a peaceful society, we must favor diplomacy over power, and we must remember that our ultimate goal in times of...

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Aug 09

Marking the Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week emphasizes a struggle for equality and universal rights that comes to mind today as we mark the 56th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.Sargent Shriver spoke these words at his 1961 Address to the Catholic Interracial Council in Chicago. They were part of his introduction...

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