"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."John W. Gardner on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."John W. Gardner on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."John W. Gardner on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."John W. Gardner on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."John W. Gardner on Oscar Wilde
"The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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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