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Quotations about College

A Notable Time Is Worthy of Some Pretty Notable Quotations, Too


Quotations about College
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College quotations can address everything from life as a starving student to the value of an education. Below are some of the most on-the-spot, pithy, and overall great quotations about college.

(For full citation information, please see details at the end of the article.)

College Quotations

"A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning." -- Benjamin Disraeli, speech, House of Commons, March 11, 1873 (3)

"Men may be born free; they cannot be born otherwise, and it is the duty of the university to make the free wise." -- Adlai Stevenson (2)

"The true University of these days is a collection of books." -- Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic (3)

"Our colleges ought to have lit up in us a lasting relish for he better kind of man, a loss of appetite for mediocrities." -- William James, The Social Value of the College-Bred (1)

"A college education doesn't make fools; it merely develops them." (2)

"Universities incline wits to sophistry and affectation." -- Francis Bacon, Valerius Terminus of the Interpretation of Nature (3)

"An education is a wonderful thing; no college should be without one." (2)

"College is a refuge from hasty judgment." -- Robert Frost, quote, July 9, 1961 (3)

"My whaleship was my Yale College and my Harvard." -- Herman Melville, Moby Dick (1)

"The use of the university is to make young men as unlike their fathers as possible." -- Woodrow Wilson (2)

"A Harvard education consists of what you learn at Harvard while you are not studying." -- James B. Conant, Time (September 29, 1986) (3)

"Don't join too many gangs. Join few if any. Join the United States and join the family --
But not much in between unless a college." -- Robert Frost, Build Soil (1)

"Many a man spends the happiest years of his life as a freshman at college." (2)

"D' ye think th' colledges has much to do with th' progress iv th' wurruld?" asked Mr. Hennesy.
"D' ye think," said Mr. Dooley, "'tis 'th mill that makes th' wather run?" -- Finley Peter Dunne, On Wall Street (1)

"To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education." -- John Buchan, Memory Hold-the-Door (3)

"Life isn't all beer and skittles, but beer and skittles, or something better of the same sort, must form a good part of every Englishman's education." -- Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays (1)

"Some students go to college to learn to think, but most go to learn what the professors think." (2)

"He who enters a university walks on hallowed ground." -- James Bryant Conant, Notes on the Harvard Tercentenary (1)

"Education begins when your father sends you to college, and is completed when you send your son there." (2)

Citation Information:

(1): Bartlett, John. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Fifteenth Edition. Little, Brown, & Company. 1980.

(2): Esar, Evan. 20,000 Quips & Quotes. Barnes & Noble, Inc. 1995.

(3): The Oxford Essentials Quotations Dictionary, American Edition. Oxford University Press, Inc. 1998.

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