John William 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."
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"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents."
"Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are."
"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."
"The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else. When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale."