"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."John W. Gardner on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."John W. Gardner on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."John W. Gardner on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."John W. Gardner on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."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."