"If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."John W. Gardner on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."John W. Gardner on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."John W. Gardner on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."John W. Gardner on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."John W. Gardner on Abraham Lincoln
"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."