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Quotes of the day: Sargent Shriver

Published Saturday, November 09, 2013 @ 5:40 AM EST
Nov 09 2013

Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, Jr. (November 9, 1915 - January 18, 2011) was an American statesman and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family, serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, founded the Job Corps, Head Start and other programs as the "architect" of Johnson's "War on Poverty" and served as the United States Ambassador to France. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A line has to be drawn somewhere between what is essential and what is peripheral.

Being accused of enthusiasm is something I'll never live down.

Break your mirrors! Yes, indeed- shatter the glass. In our society, which is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor and less about your own.

Built into each individual's experience must be an occasion for giving, a task of humanity, an act of sharing and sacri?ce.

Do the job first. Worry about the clearance later.

Do we talk about the dignity of work? Do we give our students any reason for believing it is worthwhile to sacrifice for their work because such sacrifices improve the psychological and mental health of the person who makes them?

Does politics have to be injected into everything?

Freedom is a crusade, to be carried on enthusiastically around the earth. These are Americans who have not lost the enthusiasm and audacity of the American Revolution.

He who knows all things and believes nothing is damned.

I hate goofballs.

I'm doing the best I can with what God has given me.

If a young person has any idealism at all, it's strongest about the time he finishes college.

If education does not create a need for the best in life, then we are stuck in an undemocratic, rigid caste society.

It is well to be prepared for life as it is, but it is better to be prepared to make life better than it is.

It's the most rewarding thing to be a civil servant.

Just keep working hard. Something good will happen.

My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another.

My parents were second cousins. That is enough to explain all of my peculiarities.

Of all our ideals none surpasses the importance of service.

Peace does not comes through strength. Quite the opposite. Strength comes through peace.

Peace requires the simple but powerful recognition that what we have in common as human beings is more important and crucial than what divides us.

Respect for another man's opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being.

The natural idealism of youth is an idealism, alas, for which we do not always provide as many outlets as we should.

The only genuine elite is the elite of those men and women who gave their lives to justice and charity.

There is an alternative to war. It has been with us forever.

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