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It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect
by John W. Gardner

It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect
to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
- John W. Gardner

Related topics: Government

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential
and Congressional campaigns,
the U.S.
government is virtually up for sale.
- John W. Gardner

Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
- John W. Gardner

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
- John W. Gardner

 

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
- John W. Gardner

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
- John W. Gardner

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.
- John W. Gardner

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For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

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.
- John W. Gardner

Our problem is not to find better values but to be
faithful to those we profess.
- John W. Gardner

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities -
brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
- John W. Gardner

All laws are an attempt to domesticate the natural ferocity of the species.
- John W. Gardner

Some people have greatness thrust upon them.
Very few have excellence thrust upon them.
- John W. Gardner

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.
- John W. Gardner

America's greatness has been the greatness of a free
people who shared certain moral commitments.
Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
- John W. Gardner

The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations
and sluggish institutions.
- John W. Gardner

The cynic says, "One man can't do anything."
I say,
"Only one man can do anything."
- John W. Gardner

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

If you have some respect for people as they are,
you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.
- John W. Gardner

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

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

The creative individual has the capacity to free himself
from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught.
He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.
- John W. Gardner

I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we
will look back at education as it is practiced in most
schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.
- John W. Gardner

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.
- John W. Gardner

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive
if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity.
Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
- John W. Gardner

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.
- John W. Gardner

Men of integrity, by their very existence,
rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above
the level of moral squalor.
We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
- John W. Gardner

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

I know the price of success: dedication, hard work,
and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
- Khalil Gibran

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work,
so most people don't recognize them.
- Ann Landers

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,
easy to get into, but hard to get out of.
- Proverb

It is awfully hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

There is no substitute for hard work.
- Thomas Edison

In the world there is nothing more
submissive and weak than water.
Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong,
nothing can surpass it.
- Lao Tzu

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Norman Schwarzkoff

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
- Philo

You hold onto religion, you know,
rules, regulations, traditions.
I think what God is interested in
is people's hearts, and that's hard enough.
- Bono

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Surround yourself with people who
take their work seriously,
but not themselves,
those who work hard and play hard.
- Colin Powell

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Experience is a hard teacher.
She gives the test first
and the lessons afterwards.
- Anonymous

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

A best friend is like a four leaf clover,
hard to find and lucky to have.
- Anonymous

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply
about what you believe in.
When you stumble, keep faith.
When you're knocked down, get right back up.
And never listen to anyone who says
you can't or shouldn't go on.
- Hilary Clinton

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Truly great friends are hard to find,
difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
- Anonymous

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Life is a series of experiences,
each one of which makes us bigger,
even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
- Henry Ford

It is hard enough to remember my opinions,
without also remembering my reasons for them!
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Ecstasy is our very nature;
not to be ecstatic is simply unnecessary.
To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous.
It needs no effort to be ecstatic,
it needs great effort to be miserable.
That's why you look to tired,
because misery is really hard work;
to maintain it is really difficult,
because you are doing something against nature.
- Osho

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed,
but nature does not depend on us.
We are not the only experiment.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.
But maybe if you could have the faith to start with,
maybe the times would change.
You could change them. Think about it. Try.
And try not to hurt each other.
- the movie Oh, God!

Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business
in which no cumulative wisdom is gained:
each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
- Bill Cosby

It's so easy to fall in love
but hard to find someone who will catch you.
- Anonymous

Never get married in college; it's hard to get a start
if a prospective employer finds you've already made one mistake.
- Elbert Hubbard

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters


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