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The Idea of a University Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Idea of a University
  1. #1
    ″[A liberal education] brings the mind into form,—for the mind is like the body.”
  2. #2
    “Certainly a liberal education does manifest itself in a courtesy, propriety, and polish of word and action, which is beautiful in itself, and acceptable to others; but it does much more.”
  3. #3
    ″[University] teaches [man] to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.”
  4. #4
    “When you read a sentence, picture it before your mind as a whole, take in the truth or information contained in it, express it in your own words, and, if it be important, commit it to the faithful memory.”
  5. #5
    “A university training is the great ordinary means to a great but ordinary end.”
  6. #6
    “Above all subjects of study, Science is conveyed, is propagated, by books, or by private teaching; experiments and investigations are conducted in silence; discoveries are made in solitude.”
  1. #7
    “This is the way to make progress; this is the way to arrive at results; not to swallow knowledge, but (according to the figure sometimes used) to masticate and digest it.”
  2. #8
    “Quarry the granite rock with razors, or moor the vessel with a thread of silk; then may you hope with such keen and delicate instruments as human knowledge and human reason to contend against those giants, the passion and the pride of man.”
  3. #9
    “Liberal Education makes not the Christian, not the Catholic, but the gentleman”
  4. #10
    “Philosophy, however enlightened, however profound, gives no command over the passions, no influential motives, no vivifying principles.”
  5. #11
    “He, too, who spends his day in dispensing his existing knowledge to all comers is unlikely to have either leisure or energy to acquire new.”
  6. #12
    “It is the place where the professor becomes eloquent, and is a missionary and a preacher, displaying his science in its most complete and most winning form, pouring it forth with the zeal of enthusiasm, and lighting up his own love of it in the breasts of his hearers.”

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  1. #13
    “Compare one idea with another; adjust truths and facts; form them into one whole, or notice the obstacles which occur in doing so.”
  2. #14
    “The nature of the case and the history of philosophy combine to recommend to us this division of intellectual labour between Academies and Universities.”
  3. #15
    “If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society... It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgements, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them.”
  4. #16
    “Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another; good sense is not conscience, refinement is not humility, nor is largeness and justness of view faith.”
  5. #17
    “It is a seat of wisdom, a light of the world, a minister of the faith, an Alma Mater of the rising generation. It is this and a great deal more, and demands a somewhat better head and hand than mine to describe it well.”
  6. #18
    “It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them and a force in urging them.”
  7. #19
    “Certainly a liberal education does manifest itself in a courtesy, propriety, and polish of word and action, which is beautiful in itself, and acceptable to others; but it does much more.”
  8. #20
    “To discover and to teach are distinct functions; they are also distinct gifts, and are not commonly found united in the same person.”
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