"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."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."John W. Gardner on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."John W. Gardner on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."John W. Gardner on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."John W. Gardner on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."John W. Gardner on Mahatma Gandhi
"The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions."
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
"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."
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