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John W. Gardner

Top 10 John W. Gardner Quotes,  American
Total Quotes : 26
Villains Extremism Prime

Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all.

- John W. Gardner

Been Commitments Shared

America's greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments. Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.

- John W. Gardner

Natural Laws Species

All laws are an attempt to domesticate the natural ferocity of the species.

- John W. Gardner

Excellence Doing Things

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

- John W. Gardner

Education Will Tolerated

I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.

- John W. Gardner

Greatness Some Very

Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.

- John W. Gardner

Art Experience Eraser

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

- John W. Gardner

Education Flowers Cut

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.

- John W. Gardner

Corrupt Level Very

Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.

- John W. Gardner

Problem Better Profess

Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess.

- John W. Gardner

Stop Willing Reasons

One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

- John W. Gardner

Strength Next Some

Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.

- John W. Gardner

Survive Which Phase

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.

- John W. Gardner

Motivational Happiness

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.

- John W. Gardner

Great Series Faced

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

- John W. Gardner

I Am Doing Some

Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.

- John W. Gardner

Politics May Over

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale.

- John W. Gardner

Say Only Cynic

The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything.' I say, 'Only one man can do anything.'

- John W. Gardner

Humble Society Which

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

- John W. Gardner

Rest Caught Which

The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.

- John W. Gardner