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.
John W. Gardner
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
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.
Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
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.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
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