John Gardner

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John Gardner

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Never underestimate the importance of nastiness to our progress thus far. If intelligence and gentleness were the chief criteria, our planet would be ruled by whales.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Most men and women go through their lives using no more than a fraction -- usually a rather small fraction -- of the potentialities within them. The reservoir of unused human talent and energy is vast, and learning to tap that reservoir more effectively is one of the exciting tasks ahead for humankind.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.More John Gardner [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Talking, talking. Spinning a web of words, pale walls of dreams, between myself and all I see.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
They watch on, evil, incredibly stupid, enjoying my destruction. 'Poor Grendel's had an accident,' I whisper. 'So may you all.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...ultimately it come down to, are you making or are you destroying? If you try very hard to create ways of living, create dreams of what is possible, then you win. If you don't, you may make a fortune in ten years, but you're not going to be read in twenty years, and that's that.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People will tell you that writing is too difficult, that it's impossible to get your work published, that you might as well hang yourself. Meanwhile, they'll keep writing and you'll have hanged yourself.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art, of course, is a way of thinking, a way of mining reality.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As every writer knows... there is something mysterious about the writer's ability, on any given day, to write. When the juices are flowing, or the writer is 'hot', an invisible wall seems to fall away, and the writer moves easily and surely from one kind of reality to another... Every writer has experienced at least moments of this strange, magical state. Reading student fiction one can spot at once where the power turns on and where it turns off, where the writer writes from 'inspiration' or deep, flowing vision, and More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It would be, for me, mere pointless pleasure, an illusion of order for this one frail, foolish, flicker-flash in the long dull fall of eternity.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I couldn't go on, too conscious all at once of my whispering, my eternal posturing, always transforming the world with words--changing nothing.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Art Gropes. It stalks like a hunter lost in the woods, listening to itself and to everything around it, unsure of itself, waiting to pounce.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Our noblest hopes grow teeth and pursue us like tigers.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is no limit to desire but desire's needs.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The primary subject of fiction is and has always been human emotion, values, and beliefs.More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To write with taste, in the highest sense, is to write [...] so that no one commits suicide, no one despairs; to write [...] so that people understand, sympathize, see the universality of pain, and feel strengthened, if not directly encouraged to live on. If there is good to be said, the writer should say it. If there is bad to be said, he should say it in a way that reflects the truth that, though we see the evil, we choose to continue among the living. The true artist [...] gets his sense of worth and honor from his More John Gardner [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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