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John W Gardner;
"Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self destructive. "
"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well"
"History never looks like history when you are living through it"
"Josh Billings said, "It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too." Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems. "
"Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage"
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. "
"Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor"
"One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure"
"Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them"
"Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are"
"Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents. "
"The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught"
"The cynic says, "One man can't do anything." I say, "Only one man can do anything." "
"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. "
"The prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive"
"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"
"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents"
"We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems"
"Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach"