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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.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

Let's not burn the universities yet. After all, the damage they do might be worse.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

I am willing to admit that some people might live there for years, or even a lifetime, so protected that they never sense the sweet stench of corruption that is all around them -- the keen, thin scent of decay that pervades everything and accuses with a terrible accusation the superficial youthfulness, the abounding undergraduate noise, that fills those ancient buildings.

Author: Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Profession: American Religious Writer, Poet

American universities are organized on the principle of the nuclear rather than the extended family. Graduate students are grimly trained to be technicians rather than connoisseurs. The old German style of universal scholarship has gone.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

Our major universities are now stuck with an army of pedestrian, toadying careerists, Fifties types who wave around Sixties banners to conceal their record of ruthless, beaver-like tunneling to the top.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both.

Author: Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Profession: American Poet

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Author: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Profession: Twenty-sixth President of the USA

It is dangerous sending a young man who is beautiful to Oxford.

Author: Dudley Ryder

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Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

Socrates gave no diplomas or degrees, and would have subjected any disciple who demanded one to a disconcerting catechism on the nature of true knowledge.

Author: G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962)

Profession: British Historian

College-bred is a four-year loaf, using dad's dough, Coming out half-baked, with a lot of crust.

Author: Source Unknown

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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.

Author: Source Unknown

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Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.

Author: Source Unknown

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The men -- the undergraduates of Yale and Princeton are cleaner, healthier, better-looking, better dressed, wealthier and more attractive than any undergraduate body in the country.

Author: Source Unknown

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I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best -- it's all they'll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money -- provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don't need it.

Author: Peter De Vries (1910)

Profession: American Author