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History never looks like history when you are living through it. John W. Gardner#History 520
John W. Gardner#History 520
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner#art 109
John W. Gardner#art 109
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#Come 78
John W. Gardner#Come 78
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#Society 77
John W. Gardner#Society 77
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#education 67
John W. Gardner#education 67
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#Accept 67
John W. Gardner#Accept 67
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#Community 64
John W. Gardner#Community 64
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#Excellence 63
John W. Gardner#Excellence 63
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#Respect 61
John W. Gardner#Respect 61
Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality. John W. Gardner#Self 60
John W. Gardner#Self 60
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