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John W. Gardner quotes

US writer and Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, 1912-

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do


We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want


We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.


We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.


The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions.


The cynic says, "One man can't do anything." I say, "Only one man can do anything."


Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.


One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.


I am entirely certain that twenty years from now we will look back at education as it is practiced in most schools today and wonder that we could have tolerated anything so primitive.


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


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