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John W. Gardner Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Politics

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden PHOTO

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

Theatre is about people, not buildings.
Incalculable damage has been done to the expert talent a company needs -
from wardrobe to lighting technicians.
- Edward Hall

I'm not sure there are enough coaches in the system
that can take young talent and consistently get them
into the top five in the world.
- Sebastian Coe

I think the diva is kind of a cliche.
My definition of a diva is somebody whose talent does
not match what they're trying to play,
so all this temperament comes out.
- Glenn Close

I really feel that the talent I have is acting.
Freedom and the possibility of play-that is what I like to have.
- Jacqueline Bisset

Some people have such a talent for making the best
of a bad situation that they go around creating bad
situations so they can make the best of them.
- Jean Kerr

Ah, well, I have no talent for nonfiction,
that's my problem.
- Jonathan Coe

The relationship between talent and management is uneasy,
at best.
- Jessica Savitch

As far as talent goes, we had pretty much everything,
and I think that's why this year was so successful.
- Carrie Underwood

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent;
doing what is impossible for talent is genius.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

People who sleep around to get roles are frail and
scared and most likely without talent.
It's their own little horror show that only they can deal with.
- Bruce Campbell

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which
he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against
the cultivation of his talent.
- James A. Baldwin

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

Everybody has talent, it's just a matter of moving
around until you've discovered what it is.
- George Lucas

When I was a young actor...
the more different you were from the part you played,
the more talent it reflected.
- Dirk Benedict

Generally speaking, there is more wit than talent in the world.
Society swarms with witty people who lack talent.
- Antoine Rivarol

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- Eric Hoffer

Consequently the student who is devoid of talent will
derive no more profit from this work than barren soil
from a treatise on agriculture.
- Quintilian

There's tons of people with talent; it's the system that's all screwed up.
- John Kricfalusi

Talent does whatever it wants to do.
Genius does only what it can.
- Eugene Delacroix

My bad habits aren't my title.
My strengths and my talent are my title.
- Layne Staley

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your
body The more efficient your body,
the better you feel and the more you will use your
talent to produce outstanding results.
- Tony Robbins

Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was.
- Neal Stephenson

Talent is always conscious of its own abundance,
and does not object to sharing.
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn

If I have any talent at all it's from God,
and my mom, who was on Capitol Records also.
- Garth Brooks

Again, talent is the real import of being in the business.
- Bobby Sherman

Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents
were in the business and that I grew up around actors,
comedians and directors.
- Ben Stiller

An artist should remain true.
Otherwise his talent, like his stomach,
grows fat and stuffy.
- Norman Reilly Raine

Talent alone won't make you a success.
Neither will being in the right place at the right time,
unless you are ready.
The most important question is: "Are your ready?"
- Johnny Carson

We believe that if men have the talent
to invent new machines that put men out of work,
they have the talent to put those men back to work.
- John F. Kennedy

Some people possess talent, others are possessed by it.
When that happens, a talent becomes a curse.
- Rod Serling

For the amount of talent I had - and I couldn't dance,
act, or tell a joke - I enjoyed a tremendous career.
- Perry Como


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