"The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."John W. Gardner on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."John W. Gardner on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."John W. Gardner on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."John W. Gardner on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."John W. Gardner on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."