John W. Gardner — American Educator born on October 08, 1912, died on February 16, 2002

John William Gardner, was Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Lyndon Johnson... (wikipedia)

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.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
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.
Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.