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John W. Gardner
October 8, 1912 - February 16, 2002
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

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.


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.


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.

    Topics: Education

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.


It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.


Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.


History never looks like history when you are living through it.


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