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.
"A Nation Is Never Finished", ABA Journal (November 1967), Volume 53, page 1011.
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.John W. Gardner
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.John W. Gardner
More and more Americans feel threatened by runaway technology, by large-scale organization, by overcrowding. More and more Americans are appalled by the ravages of industrial progress, by the defacement of nature, by man-made ugliness. If our society continues at its present rate to become less livable as it becomes more affluent, we promise all to end up in sumptuous misery.John W. Gardner
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.John W. Gardner
History never looks like history when you are living through it.John W. Gardner
We have to face the fact that most men and women out there are more stale than they know, more bored than they care to admit.John W. Gardner