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To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities than a rigorously enforced divorce from war-oriented research and all connected enterprises.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!

Author: Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

The race of prophets is extinct. Europe is becoming set in its ways, slowly embalming itself beneath the wrappings of its borders, its factories, its law-courts and its universities. The frozen Mind cracks between the mineral staves which close upon it. The fault lies with your moldy systems, your logic of 2 + 2 = 4. The fault lies with you, Chancellors, caught in the net of syllogisms. You manufacture engineers, magistrates, doctors, who know nothing of the true mysteries of the body or the cosmic laws of existence. False scholars blind outside this world, philosophers who pretend to reconstruct the mind. The least act of spontaneous creation is a more complex and revealing world than any metaphysics.

Author: Antonin Artaud (1896-1948)

Profession: French Theater Producer, Actor, Theorist

I was a modest, good-humored boy. It is Oxford that has made me insufferable.

Author: Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

Profession: British Actor

Remote and ineffectual don.

Author: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Allan Bloom (1930-1992)

Profession: American Educator, Author

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

Author: Horatio Bottomley

Profession: American Politician

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.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

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

Author: John Ciardi (1916-1986)

Profession: American Teacher, Poet, Writer

'Tis well enough for a servant to be bred at an University. But the education is a little too pedantic for a gentleman.

Author: William Congreve (1670-1729)

Profession: British Dramatist

The greatest gift that Oxford gives her sons is, I truly believe, a genial irreverence toward learning, and from that irreverence love may spring.

Author: Robertson Davies (1913)

Profession: Canadian Novelist, Journalist

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.

Author: Jacques Derrida


A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself.

Author: Thomas Ehrlich


One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist