Sargent Shriver

(Robert Sargent Shriver Jr.)

Sargent Shriver
Sargent Shriver
  • Born: November 9, 1915
  • Died: January 18, 2011
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Robert Sargent Shriver Jr. was an American diplomat, politician and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, and founded the Job Corps, Head Start, and other programs as the "architect" of the 1960s "War on Poverty." He was the Democratic Party's nominee for Vice President in the 1972 presidential election.

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A call to war can only take us so far. What we need now is a call to peace and service. War & Peace
Don’t expect to succeed with most of your efforts. Ted Williams, the best baseball hitter of all time, in his best hear only hit 407. He did not succeed 60 percent of the time. Management & Managing Government
George, we lost 49 states but we didn’t lose our souls. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I pity the poor soul who will have to run this program. Poverty
If we play our cards right with the media, the Press will be our Inspector General’s Office. Encourage them to find any dirt on our programs and tell us. Then we can fix them or at least start to and everyone will be better off. We will learn of and fix out weaknesses, the press will have good stories, and the public will get better service. I can see some of you wondering what our own Office of Inspection is supposed to do. It is to find out about our problems before the press does, not to wait for complaints and then start looking. When a reporter comes to us with a scandal story of one of our programs, I would love to say, “Good reporting. That’s a serious problem and this is what we have been doing about it. Give us a hand and keep monitoring it, and let us know about our progress.” No one expects us to not have problems, but they do expect us to find them and fix them quickly, and that is what we must all expect of each other. Secrecy & Transparency ;Media, Journalism & The Press
Maximum Feasible Participation of the Poor Poverty
Our goal is not just the survival of America. It is the survival of the whole planet. Miscellaneous
The average Congressman has the courage of a wet noodle. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
They have to have an internal motivation. They have to have an inner conviction. Miscellaneous
Those who had staked most of their personal hopes on RFK are extremely frustrated - & the prospect of anyone ‘in the family’ who didn’t impale him – or herself – on a picket fence without regard to the consequences – suddenly being in a position to pick up all the marbles – that prospect is galling! The same palace guard (now with palace)(or a pretender) find it hard to accept the prospect of a prodigal in-law (let alone son) sitting down their feast. Miscellaneous
A line has to be drawn somewhere between what is essential and what is peripheral.
Any idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps must realize he is not going to change the world overnight. War & Peace
As far as I was concerned, the Depression was an ill wind that blew some good. If it hadn't occurred, my parents would have given me my college education. As it was, I had to scrabble for it. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Being accused of enthusiasm is something I'll never live down.
Christian virtues unite men. Racism separates them.
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? Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Does politics have to be injected into everything? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
He who knows all things and believes nothing is damned.
I can remember at college, living on 30-cent meals.
I do not think that the educational program of our schools should be determined by what the community thinks it needs.
I don't have to run the Peace Corps. I could live without seeing my picture in the newspapers and without being interviewed. War & Peace
I don't think the Gallup Poll technique is going to be very helpful in determining the goals of our educational system.
I hate goofballs.
I never ride just to ride. I ride to catch a fox. I play baseball to make the team.
I want to warn anyone who sees the Peace Corps as an alternative to the draft that life may well be easier at Fort Dix or at apost in Germany than it will be with us. Life ;War & Peace
If a young person has any idealism at all, it's strongest about the time he finishes college. Time
If education does not create a need for the best in life, then we are stuck in an undemocratic, rigid caste society. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
In the Peace Corps, the volunteer must be a fully developed, mature person. He must not join to run abroad or escape problems. War & Peace
It is precisely our job as Catholics to speak the truth as plainly and precisely as we can. Truth
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. Life
It wouldn't kill me if I were never nominated or elected to anything.
It's the most rewarding thing to be a civil servant.
Jews have suffered persecution from misguided Christians who tortured the Jews for their part in killing Christ. These Christians forgot that Christ died because of the sins of all men.
Joe Kennedy isn't in the habit of having incompetents around. I wouldn't have lasted three months if I didn't have some ability.
Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting. Travel
My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My parents were second cousins. That is enough to explain all of my peculiarities.
One of the things Mr. Kennedy taught me was that in laying out a new project, you shouldn't try to cope with every little problem.
Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Racists are irrational and illogical in their attempts to justify their prejudices.
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. Respect
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. Women
The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit. But we're not apologetic about it. War & Peace
The Peace Corps would give thousands of young Americans a chance to see at first hand the conditions in remote areas of the world. War & Peace
The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin. Nature
There is an alternative to war. It has been with us forever. War & Peace
We must treat the disease of racism. This means we must understand the disease.
When Roosevelt came along, I approved of his program, generally. I figured an economic system should work for people, not vice versa. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Working in an underdeveloped land for two or three years, the volunteer will often find that his work is routine and full of frustration. Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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