Quote of the day: "Break the mirrors!"

Quote of the day: "Break the mirrors!" January 19, 2011

Words to live by…

“Break your mirrors!  Yes, indeed — shatter the glass.  In our society that 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.

I suggest this: when you get to be 30, 40, 50, or even 70 years old, you’ll get more happiness and contentment out of counting your friends than counting your dollars.  You’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit ratings.

You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior. I’ve been both, so I speak from experience.  Break the mirrors!

Be peacemakers of the community, and you and your family will be happy.”

Sargent Shriver, Yale Class Day Address, 1994

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5 responses to “Quote of the day: "Break the mirrors!"”

  1. With the saints give rest, O Lord, to the soul of Your servant, Sargent, departed this life and let his memory be eternal.

    After so many years of suffering during his illness may all his family and friends be comforted by their knowledge of the perfect love of God.

  2. “You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior… .”
    “Be peacemakers of the community… .”

    I have just finished an article “Sargent Shriver, a Loved and Loving Man” by Colman MCarthy, another advocate of peacemaking.

    He writes that in 1966 he wrote an article criticizing one of Shriver’s programs in Harlem. Shriver tracked him down “not to jab back but to say that he had a staff opening for ‘a no man because I already have enough yes men.’”

  3. On this day, the fiftieth anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, I thought it might be good for me to revisit his inauguration speech. Some rarely quoted, (if ever quoted), passages are particularly relevant for me as I consider our civil discourse today:

    “So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.”

    “Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.”

  4. On that note, HMS, let us not forget that JFK was the first and the catalyst to “separate faith from politics.” Unlike the Shrivers, who kept the faith regardless of the consequences, most were too weak to do so, consequently, followed in JFK’s example.

    Fifty years, and currently 50 million abortons a year worldwide later, much in the footsteps of America who lost its way from a grealty blessed country that up until 40 years ago valued human life., we are a divided and hate-filled country.

    Worst of all, it was the Catholics of America who caved, despite being “given much.” Thank You JFK!

    Any in doubt, here’s a great link and excerpt:


    A commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church challenges Catholics to stand as a sign of contradiction in the world. We can accept that challenge or we can reject it, but we must not convince ourselves that we can have it both ways. We can’t.

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