quote by David Bowie

Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.

— David Bowie

Memorable Oxford quotations

Relatively, there are many scientists who believe in God.

And in Oxford, where I am the Professor, there are more professors like me, who believe in God, than you think. There are not dozens of them, but they are there, and in Cambridge too, and elsewhere. We are not in a tiny minority.

Beauty has been stolen from the people and is being sold back to them as luxury.

My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.

The truth is that Oxford is simply a very beautiful city in which it is convenient to segregate a certain number of the young of the nation while they are growing up.

People say to me 'you're successful, what are you crying about?'.

I'm crying about the people. I'm crying about their daughters. Our daughters, as one family. What good is it. What good is anything that everyone can't have. Every ism. They think we're done with racism. What about elitism, what about separatism, what about classism? That's all.

Oxford shirts. Definitely more oxford shirts.

Oxford is -- Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge.

Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

Oxford is Oxford: not a mere receptacle for youth, like Cambridge.

Perhaps it wants its inmates to love it rather than to love one another.

The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything.

Monty Python crowd; half of them came from Cambridge, and half of them came from Oxford. But, there seems to be this jewel, this sort of two headed tradition of doing comedy, of doing sketches, and that kind of thing.

Whenever I tell people I'm a misanthrope they react as though that's a bad thing, the idiots. I live in London, for God's sake. Have you walked down Oxford Street recently? Misanthropy's the only thing that gets you through it. It's not a personality flaw, it's a skill.

The astrologers and historians write that the ascendant as of Oxford is Capricornus, whose lord is Saturn, a religious planet, and patron of religious men.

At Oxford University, the certainties of my atheist faith (and atheism is a faith) began to crumble

I can be very drunk in a club in Oxford on a Monday night and some guy comes up to you and buys you a drink and says that the last record you made changed his life. That means something.

To call a man a characteristically Oxford man is, in my opinion, to give him the highest compliment that could be paid to any human being.

I literally fell among Quakers when I went up to Oxford.

My dad, in particular, was adamant that I should finish my education.

He encouraged me to go to Oxford, for instance, and I rather doubt I'd have gone if he hadn't. I would have gone straight back to L.A. and tried to start my career.

You will hear more good things on the outside of a stagecoach from London to Oxford than if you were to pass a twelvemonth with the undergraduates, or heads of colleges, of that famous university.

Ah, isn't that nice, the wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew.

I saw the spires of Oxford As I was passing by, The gray spires of Oxford Against a pearl-gray sky. My heart was with the Oxford men Who went abroad to die.

There is a story of an Oxford student who once remarked, "I despise all Americans, but have never met one I didn't like."

Since my education, I've done quite untraditional things.

There are very few Etonians who went to Rada. And far fewer Etonians - certainly when I was there - went to Cambridge. I don't know whether it's the same now. Most people I knew went to Oxford, because it seemed more of an easy bridge.

Who is more in touch with the problems of this country? One of those guys who goes off to Oxford or to University of Yale, or someone who has lived in buses, in the Metro, in the street?

To the University of Oxford I acknowledge no obligation;

and she will as cheerfully renounce me for a son, as I am willing to disclaim her for a mother. I spent fourteen months at Magdalen College: they proved the fourteen months the most idle and unprofitable of my whole life.

Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities - in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church.

We've been sold a concept of joy through advertising.

It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something.

Undergraduates owe their happiness chiefly to the consciousness that they are no longer at school. The nonsense which was knocked out of them at school is all put gently back at Oxford or Cambridge.

Very nice sort of place, Oxford, I should think, for people that like that sort of place. They teach you to be a gentleman there. In the polytechnic they teach you to be an engineer or such like. See?

There are people who embrace the Oxford comma and those who don't, and I'll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken.

What I learned at Oxford has been used to great advantage throughout my business career.

A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford.

It is true that I should have been surprised in the past to learn that Professor Hardy had joined the Oxford Group. But one could not say the adverse chance was 1:10. Mathematics is a dangerous profession; an appreciable proportion of us go mad, and then this particular event would be quite likely.

I hate university towns and university people, who are the same everywhere, with pregnant wives, sprawling children, many books and hideous pictures on the walls ... Oxford is very pretty, but I don't like to be dead.

An old joke has an Oxford professor meeting an American former graduate student and asking him what he's working on these days. 'My thesis is on the survival of the class system in the United States.' 'Oh really, that's interesting: one didn't think there was a class system in the United States.' 'Nobody does. That's how it survives.

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