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John W. Gardner



    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.

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    Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

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    For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

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    It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.

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    History never looks like history when you are living through it.

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    Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.

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    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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    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.

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    The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursuing his own education

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    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.

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