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