"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."John W. Gardner on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."John W. Gardner on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."John W. Gardner on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."John W. Gardner on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."John W. Gardner on Winston Churchill
"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."