"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."John W. Gardner on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."John W. Gardner on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."John W. Gardner on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."John W. Gardner on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."John W. Gardner on Booker T. Washington
"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."