Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
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.
Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist
Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose.
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
I had always imagined that Cliché was a suburb of Paris, until I discovered it to be a street in Oxford.
Author: Philip Guedalla (1889-1944)
Profession: British Writer
I often think how much easier the world would have been to manage if Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini had been at Oxford.
Author: Edward F. Halifax (1881-1959)
Profession: British Conservative Statesman
If the factory people outside the colleges live under the discipline of narrow means, the people inside live under almost every other kind of discipline except that of narrow means -- from the fruity austerities of learning, through the iron rations of English gentlemanhood, down to the modest disadvantages of occupying cold stone buildings without central heating and having to cross two or three quadrangles to take a bath.
Author: Margaret Halsey (1910)
Profession: American Author
Towery city and branching between towers; Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded.
Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
Profession: British Poet
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.
Author: Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895)
Profession: British Biologist, Educator
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.
Author: Sir Peter Imbert
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)
Profession: American Orator, Lawyer
College isn't the place to go for ideas.
Author: Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Profession: American Blind/Deaf Author, Lecturer, Amorist
It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds: a Harvard education and a Yale degree.
Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA
While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.
Author: Ray Kroc (1902-1984)
Profession: American businessman, Founder of McDonalds
They were evidently small men, all wind and quibbles, flinging out their chuffy grain to us with far less interest than a farm-wife feels as she scatters corn to her fowls.
Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Profession: British Author
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Author: Doris Lessing (1919)
Profession: British Novelist