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  1. Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

  2. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.

  3. Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

  4. Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

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

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

  7. History never looks like history when you are living through it.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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  11. In the artist's recreation of the world we are enabled to see the world.

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

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

  14. For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

  15. 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.

  16. We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life.

  17. Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.

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

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  19. 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.

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  20. It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.

  21. 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.

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

  23. When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.

  24. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them. . . . They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don't stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.

  25. One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is an extremely uneven writer, but when He's good, nobody can touch Him.

  26. The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.

  27. 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.

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

  29. If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.

  30. We get richer and richer in filthier and filthier communities until we reach a final state of affluent misery - crocus on a garbage heap.

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

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

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About John W. Gardner

Name John W. Gardner
About John William Gardner, President of the Carnegie Corporation, Secretary of Health, Education, and Wel
Quotes 35 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Educator
Birthday October 16
Top topics people, education, excellence, greatness, individual

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