To a prospective student:
Don't imitate me;
it's as boring
as the the two halves of a melon. -- Basho
College is a fountain of knowledge...and the students are there to drink.
... in academia there is much talk, little action. In industry, there is much action, little thought. -- Donald Norman, Applying the Behavioral, Cognitive, and Social Sciences to Products
During the race
We may eat your dust,
But when you graduate,
You'll work for us.
-- Reed College cheer
Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way. -- Prov 19:2 (NRSV)
Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die. -- C.S. Lewis
If you are smart enough to know that you're not smart enough to be an Engineer, then you're in Business.
Half of the people in the world are below average.
Grelb's Reminder: Eighty percent of all people consider themselves to be above average drivers.
In a survey taken several years ago, all incoming freshman at MIT were asked if they expected to graduate in the top half of their class. Ninety-seven percent responded that they did.
In a literature class, the students were given an assignment to write a short story involving all the important ingredients - Nobility, Emotion, Sex, Religion and Mystery. One student allegedly handed in the following story: "My god!" cried the duchess. "I'm pregnant. Who did it?"
I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. -- English Professor, Ohio University
The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, involved in many kinds of motivation, among other functions. The hypothalamus controls the Four F's: Fighting, Fleeing, Feeding, and mating. --Psychology professor in neuropsychology intro course
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for even the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. -- C.C. Colton
Logicians have but ill defined
As rational the human kind.
Logic, they say, belongs to man,
But let them prove it if they can. -- Oliver Goldsmith
Time is the best teacher; unfortunately it kills all its students.
Tell me what to think!
Follow those who seek truth, avoid those who claim to possess it.
I never let my schooling get in the way of my education. -- Mark Twain
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards -- Mark Twain
University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. -- Henry Kissinger
Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads.
The price of success in philosophy is triviality. -- C. Glymour
The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.
The learned are seldom pretty fellows, and in many cases their appearance tends to discourage a love of study in the young. -- H.L. Mencken
To laugh at men of sense is the privilege of fools.
In a video-game world, the play of intellect -- the search for validity, the willingness to entertain many hypotheses, the respect for difficulty, the resistance to hasty conclusions -- has the look of retardation. -- Todd Gitlin, The Renaissance of Anti-Intellectualism
The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, "Keep tomorrow dark," and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) "Cheat the Prophet." The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun. -- G. K. Chesterton (?)
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts. -- John Wooden
Your wise men don't know how it feels
To be thick as a brick. -- Jethro Tull, Thick As A Brick
History is the science of things which do not repeat themselves -- Paul Valéry The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme. -- Mark Twain