John William Gardner

1912 -

A Quote by John William Gardner on america, certainty, commitment, freedom, greatness, people, and sharing

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 William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on belief, conflict, integrity, life, nations, people, sharing, society, and style

A nation is held together by shared values, shared beliefs, shared attitudes. That is what enables a people to maintain a cohesive society despite the tensions of daily life. This is what enables them to rise above the conflicts that plague any society. That is what gives a nation its tone, its fiber, its integrity, its moral style, its capacity to endure.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on opportunity and problems

A series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on justice, kindness, men, men and women, people, women, and world

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on poverty and talent

For every talent that poverty has stimulated, it has blighted a hundred.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on acceptance, education, excellence, good, graduation, honor, humility, incompetence, justice, learning, philosophy, schools, society, theory, and water

The most important moral of all is that excellence is where you find it. I would extend this generalization to cover not just higher education but all education from vocational high school to graduate school. We must learn to honor excellence, indeed to demand it in every socially accepted human activity, however humble that activity, and to scorn shoddiness, however exalted the activity. An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on hope and leadership

A prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on creativity, doubt, freedom, and worth

Creativity requires the freedom to consider unthinkable alternatives, to doubt the worth of cherished practices.

John William Gardner (1912 -)

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A Quote by John William Gardner on excellence, good, humility, philosophy, society, theory, and water

Can We Be Equal And Excellent Too? The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is 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 William Gardner (1912 -)

Source: Excellence.

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