John William Gardner

1912 -

A Quote by John William Gardner on difficulty, exploring, failure, fear, growth, learning, life, obstacles, personality, and personality

We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure - all your life.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on happiness and talent

Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on pity, pleasure, and reality

Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on difficulty, exploring, failure, fear, growth, learning, life, obstacles, personality, and personality

We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure - all your life.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on judgment

When a top executive is selecting his key associates, there are only two qualities for which he should be willing to pay almost any price - taste and judgment. (Almost everything else can be bought by the yard.)

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on belief, concern, education, ethics, ideas, individuality, life, obsession, passion, purpose, and worth

But if we believe what we profess concerning the worth of the individual, then the idea of individual development within a framework of ethical purpose must become our deepest concern, our national preoccupation, our passion, our obsession. We must think of education as relevant for everyone everywhere - at all ages and in all conditions of life.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on achievement, belief, change, laws, machines, money, people, problems, solution, and voting

Some people seem to believe that for each problem there is a solution readily available - a solution that can be promptly achieved by passing a law and voting some money. I think of this as the vending machine concept of social change. Put a coin in the machine and out comes a piece of candy. If there is a social problem, pass a law and out comes a solution.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on power, time, and weather

Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on america, belief, life, people, secrets, and work

The best kept secret in America today is that people would rather work hard for something they believe in than live a life of aimless diversion.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by John William Gardner on achievement, discipline, excellence, greatness, people, purpose, and tenacity

Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them. . . . They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don't stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

Contributed by: Zaady

Syndicate content