John Gardner Quotes


21 John Gardner quotes:



"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his own education"
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure."
"Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Excellence Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Excellence Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Excellence Quotes
"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Excellence Quotes
"One should fight like the devil the temptation to think well of editors. They are all, without exception - at least some of the time, incompetent or crazy."
"Talking, talking. Spinning a web of words, pale walls of dreams, between myself and all I see."
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"It's a staggering transition for high school students that found they could study five hours a week and make As and Bs."
"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: History Quotes
"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents."
"Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes
"The question is not what's happening in 1998, but what if any anticompetitive activity occurred in the past. The fact that competitive conditions have changed would not vitiate any alleged anticompetitive activity in the past."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"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."
Author: Gardner Quotes Category: Rest Quotes
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."



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