What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car;

but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.

The true university of these days is a collection of books.

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I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.

An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.

When I was in school, my mother stressed education.

I am so glad she did. I graduated from Yale College and Yale University with my master's and I didn't do it by missing school.

I want to prove that you don't have to come from Oxford University or Rada - and you don't have to have parents that support you - to succeed.

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.

My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

The exquisite art of idleness, one of the most important things that any University can teach.

Priests are not men of the world; it is not intended that they should be; and a University training is the one best adapted to prevent their becoming so.

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

A university's essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism - a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.

Milton calls the university A stony-hearted step-mother.

After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.

The role of a liberal arts college within a university is to be a genuine part of that university, giving and responding to the other parts.

This story is based on a gentleman who indeed did.

.. used to come to my parents' house in 1971 from Bangladesh. He was at the University of Rhode Island. And I was four, four years old, at the time, and so I actually don't have any memories of this gentleman.

The purpose of the University of Washington cannot be to produce black lawyers for blacks, Polish lawyers for Poles, Jewish lawyers for Jews, Irish lawyers for Irish. It should be to produce good lawyers for Americans and not to place First Amendment barriers against anyone.

Here was buried Thomas Jefferson author of the Declaration of American Independence of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.

A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I dont know and I dont care.

The city as a center where, any day in any year, there may be a fresh encounter with a new talent, a keen mind or a gifted specialist -- this is essential to the life of a country. To play this role in our lives a city must have a soul -- a university, a great art or music school, a cathedral or a great mosque or temple, a great laboratory or scientific center, as well as the libraries and museums and galleries that bring past and present together. A city must be a place where groups of women and men are seeking and developing the highest things they know.

The American Constitution, one of the few modern political documents drawn up by men who were forced by the sternest circumstances to think out what they really had to face, instead of chopping logic in a university classroom.

It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.

The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.

What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.

This place is the Devil, or at least his principal residence, they call it the University, but any other appellation would have suited it much better, for study is the last pursuit of the society; the Master eats, drinks, and sleeps, the Fellows drink, dispute and pun, the employments of the undergraduates you will probably conjecture without my description.

Life at university, with its intellectual and inconclusive discussions at a postgraduate level is on the whole a bad training for the real world. Only men of very strong character surmount this handicap.

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University.

But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

Within the university... you can study without waiting for any efficient or immediate result. You may search, just for the sake of searching, and try for the sake of trying. So there is a possibility of what I would call playing. It's perhaps the only place within society where play is possible to such an extent.

Schools were designed by Horace Mann and Barnard Sears and Harper of the University of Chicago and Thorndyke of Columbia Teachers College and some other men to be instruments of the scientific management of a mass population. Schools are intended to produce through the application of formulae, formulaic human beings whose behavior can be predicted and controlled.

The medieval university looked backwards;

it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.

University degrees are a bit like adultery: you may not want to get involved with that sort of thing, but you don't want to be thought incapable.

I am told that today rather more than 60 per cent of the men who go to university go on a Government grant. This is a new class that has entered upon the scene. It is the white-collar proletariat. They do not go to university to acquire culture but to get a job, and when they have got one, scamp it. They have no manners and are woefully unable to deal with any social predicament. Their idea of a celebration is to go to a public house and drink six beers. They are mean, malicious and envious . They are scum.

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

Looking back over a decade one sees the ideal of a university become a myth, a vision, a meadow lark among the smoke stacks. Yet perhaps it is there at Princeton, only more elusive than under the skies of the Prussian Rhineland or Oxfordshire; or perhaps some men come upon it suddenly and possess it, while others wander forever outside. Even these seek in vain through middle age for any corner of the republic that preserves so much of what is fair, gracious, charming and honorable in American life.

He was the product of an English public school and university.

He was, moreover, a modern product of those seats of athletic exercise. He had little education and highly developed muscles -- that is to say, he was no scholar, but essentially a gentleman.

...the staff at my university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later all of Boston were behaving strangely towards me. ...I started to see crypto-communists everywhere. ...I started to think I was a man of great religious importance, and to hear voices all the time. I began to hear something like telephone calls in my head, from people opposed to my ideas. ...The delirium was like a dream from which I seemed never to awake.

If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room;

next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books.

Many years ago Rudyard Kipling gave an address at McGill University in Montreal.

He said one striking thing which deserves to be remembered. Warning the students against an over-concern for money, or position, or glory, he said:

It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.

Books in a large university library system: 2, 000,000.

Books in an average large city library: 1 0,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30, 000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20, 000.

To get a man soundly saved it is not enough to put on him a pair of new breeches, to give him regular work, or even to give him a University education. These things are all outside a man, and if the inside remains unchanged you have wasted your labor. You must in some way or other graft upon the man's nature a new nature, which has in it the element of the Divine.

There are enough differences within the country now where maybe you can take a bunch of kids from NYU, have them go study for a semester at the University of Arkansas, and vice versa.

I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

We spend more than a million dollars a year on our colleges and university, and it is money well spent; but we must have education that fits not the few but the many for the business of life.

My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.

Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it.

As Oscar Wilde should have said, when bad ideas have nowhere else to go, they emigrate to America and become university courses.