"Does politics have to be injected into everything?"
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Sargent Shriver on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Sargent Shriver on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Sargent Shriver on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Sargent Shriver on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Sargent Shriver on Joseph Stalin
"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."
"Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education."
"If education does not create a need for the best in life, then we are stuck in an undemocratic, rigid caste society."
"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?"
"Any idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps must realize he is not going to change the world overnight."