John W. Gardner

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The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything'. I say, 'Only one man can do anything'.

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One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.

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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.

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Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all.

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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.

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Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.

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We are all faced with a series of great opportunities — brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

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Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

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John W. Gardner – quotes and aphorisms

Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess.

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True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.

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Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

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