Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community.
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.
Our problem is not to find better values but to be faithful to those we profess.
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.
If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.
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.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
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