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Some people strengthen the society just by being ...
by John W. Gardner

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

Related topics: Society

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

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
- 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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

Some days are simply meant for playing.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do you feel stuck?
Whether in a project, a job, a relationship,
or some other situation,
there is a time for perseverance,
and a time for letting go and moving on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Put some distance between yourself
and whatever is concerning you.
Distance in space or time
always creates a new perspective.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

Age does not protect you from love.
But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
- Anais Nin

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people stay for awhile,
and move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to a new understanding,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never, ever the same.
- Flavia Weedn

It is nearly a certainty that some
of your expectations will not be met today -
choose Joy anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can fool all the people some of the time,
and some of the people all the time,
but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
- Abraham Lincoln (sometimes attributed to P. T. Barnum)

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

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
- Aristophanes

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort
when all we really need to be happy
is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is only in adventure that some people
succeed in knowing themselves -
in finding themselves.
- Andre Gide

Since it is not granted to us to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Our grandchildren's grandchildren will shake their heads in shame
at some of the beliefs that we hold most dear today -
the question is, which ones?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every time you hear a bell ring,
it means that some angel's just got his wings.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

He who is not everyday conquering some fear
has not learned the secret of life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That some achieve great success,
is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
- Abraham Lincoln

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Some people move our souls to dance.
- Flavia Weedn

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

When someone has a strong intuitive connection,
Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma,
some past connection.
- Richard Gere

Weariness comes, on some days, from lack of service to self.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

While it is natural to feel some degree of
need for the approval of others, be careful.
If you find yourself unwilling to
take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life
and have given your destiny to others.
An excessive need-for-approval
is a sign of low self-esteem,
and in severe cases, a condition termed co-dependency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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