John W. Gardner Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old John W. Gardner quotes, John W. Gardner sayings, and John W. Gardner proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
History never looks like history when you are living through it. 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
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
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. John W. Gardner
All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. 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
When hiring key employees, there are only two qualities to look for: judgement and taste. Almost everything else can be bought by the yard. John W. Gardner
We get richer and richer in filthier and filthier communities until we reach a final state of affluent misery - crocus on a garbage heap. John W. Gardner
One of my less pleasant chores when I was young was to read the Bible from one end to the other. Reading the Bible straight through is at least 70 percent discipline, like learning Latin. But the good parts are, of course, simply amazing. God is an extremely uneven writer, but when He's good, nobody can touch Him. John W. Gardner
We cannot have islands of excellence in a sea of slovenly indifference to standards. John W. Gardner
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. 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
To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning. John W. Gardner
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. 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
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
All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. John W. Gardner
When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless. John W. Gardner
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. John W. Gardner