"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."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."John W. Gardner on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."John W. Gardner on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."John W. Gardner on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."John W. Gardner on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."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."