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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 01

An Appeal for a New Justice System

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week makes a broad and urgent appeal to create a more just legal system from the ground up.In the 1967 Address to the Cincinnati Bar Association, Sargent Shriver shares the positive aspects of Legal Services, the program of the War on Poverty that provides free legal...

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Jan 25

How Violence Tests Our Unity

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week invites us to address a central obstacle to our achievement of unity: the violence that too many of us experience in our society. From the many ways that gun violence traumatizes our communities to the more passive manifestations of violence that eat away at the fabric of...

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Jan 18

"If you want to change the world, start small"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week guides us towards the loftiest of goals, that of changing the world. It reminds us that ambitious change can start immediately, so long as we begin with one small, concrete step.In 1965, Sargent Shriver gave this address to the graduating students at St. John’s University in...

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Dec 20

Love as a Power

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week asks us to consider love as a power. As we make our way through the holiday season, we summon the power of love to guide us in our private lives as well as in our public actions as citizens.In his electric and free-wheeling 1967 Address at the University of California,...

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Dec 13

"Put community above chaos"

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week suggests that we can empower ourselves by focusing on something larger: 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 Shriver addressed...

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Dec 06

Wishing You Happiness ...

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses a quintessentially Shriveresque wish for the happiness of his audience, a happiness that includes the ability to serve others.This week’s quote comes from a very early speech of Sargent Shriver’s, the 1956 Speech to YMCA Youth Citizenship Luncheon. It is one of...

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Nov 29

Standing as an Advocate, at Home and Abroad

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week reminds us that we cannot be credible advocates for others abroad unless we treat our own people with humanity.This week's quote comes from the 1974 Speech at the University of Notre Dame on Civil & Human Rights. Avid followers of the Quote of the Week will remember that...

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Nov 22

Celebrating, with Gratitude

by Sargent Shriver Peace Institute

Our Quote of the Week expresses love and gratitude for life, and emphasizes the reverence with which we must protect each other. We couldn’t think of a more relevant message for Thanksgiving 2022.Sargent Shriver gave a joyous but rather unusual speech on the occasion of his mother’s birthday in...

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