It's a staggering transition for high school students that found they could study five hours a week and make As and Bs.
John W. Gardner
The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything.' I say, 'Only one man can do anything.'
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.
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.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities - brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.
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.
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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