"For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."John W. Gardner on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."John W. Gardner on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."John W. Gardner on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."John W. Gardner on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."John W. Gardner on Joseph Stalin
"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."