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Much education today is monumentally ineffective.
by 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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Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
- John W. Gardner

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

Often it does not matter so much what we choose,
but that we do choose.
- Alan Cohen

If you may count every drop of water in the ocean and
count every grain of sand in the sea -
multiply it by a thousand and that's how much I love you.
- George of Langkloof

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

It is amazing how much you can accomplish
when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.
- Anonymous

He who would accomplish much must sacrifice much.
- James Allen

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
- Albert Schweitzer

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

Embrace your uniqueness.
Time is much too short to be
living someone else's life.
- Kobi Yamada

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

There is so much we can never know.
Breathe deeply and relax into the not-knowing.
There is much that we do not have to know
in order to live joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

Whether we allow external events to
shape our lives at a core level
is very much within our own control.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.
- Thomas Jefferson

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

The hunger for love is
much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa

Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment
if you don't trust enough.
- Frank Crane

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I don't know who my grandfather was;
I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

This day I see that pretty much all
my correspondences are love letters.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha


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