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Quotes of the Day for 3 September 2003 – College Presidents

Okay, this is the end of my back-to-school theme. As I searched for quotes the last few days, I noticed that I had quite a collection from the presidents of various colleges and universities. You've got to figure that these folks know a thing or two about the subject, right?

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The quotes:

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
     - Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, Yale University

A university anywhere can aim no higher than to be as British as possible for the sake of the undergraduates, as German as possible for the sake of the public at large — and as confused as possible for the preservation of the whole uneasy balance.
     - Clark Kerr, University of California at Berkeley

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
     - James Bryant Conant, 1893 - 1978, Harvard University

At best, most college presidents are running something that is somewhere between a faltering corporation and a hotel.
     - Leon Botstein, Bard College

If you feel that you have both feet planted on level ground, then the university has failed you.
     - Robert F. Goheen, Princeton

My final warning to you is always pay for your own drinks. All the scandals in the world of politics today have their cause in the despicable habit of swallowing free drinks.
     - Y. Yakigawa, Kyoto University


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