Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Robert Sargent Shriver (1915 )
But as a philosopher said, one day after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, after all the scientific and technological achievements, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
R. SARGENT SHRIVER, JR., speech before the Democratic National Committee, accepting nomination as the Democratic candidate for vice president, Washington, D.C., August 8, 1972.Transcript, The New York Times, August 9, 1972, p. 18.
He was slightly paraphrasing Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Evolution of Chastity, Toward the Future, trans. René Hague, pp. 8687 (1975): The day will come when, after harnessing the ether, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. This was written in Peking in 1934.