John W. Gardner Quotes

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Born: October 8, 1912, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Birth Country: USA
Died: Palo Alto, California, U.S., February 16, 2002
Occupation: Organization founder

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

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

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

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

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
- John W. Gardner

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

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
- John W. Gardner

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

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

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
- John W. Gardner

The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions.
- John W. Gardner

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

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.
- John W. Gardner

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
- John W. Gardner

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

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

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