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A book is the work of a mind, doing its work in the way that a mind deems

best.  That's dangerous.  Is the work of some mere individual mind likely to

serve the aims of collectively accepted compromises, which are known in the

schools as 'standards'?  Any mind that would audaciously put itself forth to

work all alone is surely a bad example for the students, and probably, if

not downright antisocial, at least a little off-center, self-indulgent,

elitist.  ... It's just good pedagogy, therefore, to stay away from such

stuff, and use instead, if film-strips and rap-sessions must be

supplemented, 'texts,' selected, or prepared, or adapted, by real

professionals.  Those texts are called 'reading material.'  They are the

academic equivalent of the 'listening material' that fills waiting-rooms,

and the 'eating material' that you can buy in thousands of convenient eating

resource centers along the roads.

        -- The Underground Grammarian

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A definition of teaching: casting fake pearls before real swine.

        -- Bill Cain, "Stand Up Tragedy"

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A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and

art into pedantry.  Hence University education.

        -- G. B. Shaw

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A good question is never answered.  It is not a bolt to be tightened

into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the

hope of greening the landscape of idea.

        -- John Ciardi

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A grammarian's life is always in tense.

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A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely

rearranging their prejudices.

        -- William James

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A mother mouse was taking her large brood for a stroll across the kitchen

floor one day when the local cat, by a feat of stealth unusual even for

its species, managed to trap them in a corner.  The children cowered,

terrified by this fearsome beast, plaintively crying, "Help, Mother!

Save us!  Save us!  We're scared, Mother!"

    Mother Mouse, with the hopeless valor of a parent protecting its

children, turned with her teeth bared to the cat, towering huge above them,

and suddenly began to bark in a fashion that would have done any Doberman

proud.  The startled cat fled in fear for its life.

    As her grateful offspring flocked around her shouting "Oh, Mother,

you saved us!" and "Yay!  You scared the cat away!" she turned to them

purposefully and declared, "You see how useful it is to know a second

language?"

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A Parable of Modern Research:

    Bob has lost his keys in a room which is dark except for one

brightly lit corner.

    "Why are you looking under the light, you lost them in the dark!"

    "I can only see here."

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A pencil with no point needs no eraser.

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     A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling

              by Mark Twain

    For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped

to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer

be part of the alphabet.  The only kase in which "c" would be retained

would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later.  Year 2

might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the

same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with

"i" and Iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

    Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear

with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12

or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants.

Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi

ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz

ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

    Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud

hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

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A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

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    A reader reports that when the patient died, the attending doctor

recorded the following on the patient's chart:  "Patient failed to fulfill

his wellness potential."

    Another doctor reports that in a recent issue of the *American Journal

of Family Practice* fleas were called "hematophagous arthropod vectors."

    A reader reports that the Army calls them "vertically deployed anti-

personnel devices."  You probably call them bombs.

    At McClellan Air Force base in Sacramento, California, civilian

mechanics were placed on "non-duty, non-pay status."  That is, they were fired.

    After taking the trip of a lifetime, our reader sent his twelve rolls

of film to Kodak for developing (or "processing," as Kodak likes to call it)

only to receive the following notice:  "We must report that during the handling

of your twelve 35mm Kodachrome slide orders, the films were involved in an

unusual laboratory experience."  The use of the passive is a particularly nice

touch, don't you think?  Nobody did anything to the films; they just had a bad

experience.  Of course our reader can always go back to Tibet and take his

pictures all over again, using the twelve replacement rolls Kodak so generously

sent him.

        -- Quarterly Review of Doublespeak (NCTE)

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A student who changes the course of history is probably taking an exam.

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A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first

thought of.

        -- Burt Bacharach

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A tautology is a thing which is tautological.

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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest

in students.

        -- John Ciardi

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"A University without students is like an ointment without a fly."

        -- Ed Nather, professor of astronomy at UT Austin

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About all some men accomplish in life is to send a son to Harvard.

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Abstract:

    This study examined the incidence of neckwear tightness among a group

of 94 white-collar working men and the effect of a tight business-shirt collar

and tie on the visual performance of 22 male subjects.  Of the white-collar

men measured, 67% were found to be wearing neckwear that was tighter than

their neck circumference.  The visual discrimination of the 22 subjects was

evaluated using a critical flicker frequency (CFF) test.  Results of the CFF

test indicated that tight neckwear significantly decreased the visual

performance of the subjects and that visual performance did not improve

immediately when tight neckwear was removed.

        -- Langan, L. M. and Watkins, S. M. "Pressure of Menswear on the

           Neck in Relation to Visual Performance."  Human Factors 29,

           #1 (Feb. 1987), pp. 67-71.

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Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics,

because the stakes are so low.

        -- Wallace Sayre

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Academicians care, that's who.

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=============== ALL FRESHMEN PLEASE NOTE ===============

To minimize scheduling confusion, please realize that if you are taking one

course which is offered at only one time on a given day, and another which is

offered at all times on that day, the second class will be arranged as to

afford maximum inconvenience to the student.  For example, if you happen

to work on campus, you will have 1-2 hours between classes.  If you commute,

there will be a minimum of 6 hours between the two classes.

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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

        -- Benjamin Franklin

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Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.

        -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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As Gen. de Gaulle occassionally acknowledges America to be the daughter

of Europe, so I am pleased to come to Yale, the daughter of Harvard.

        -- J. F. Kennedy

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As long as the answer is right, who cares if the question is wrong?

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Briefly stated, the findings are that when presented with an array of

data or a sequence of events in which they are instructed to discover

an underlying order, subjects show strong tendencies to perceive order

and causality in random arrays, to perceive a pattern or correlation

which seems a priori intuitively correct even when the actual correlation

in the data is counterintuitive, to jump to conclusions about the correct

hypothesis, to seek and to use only positive or confirmatory evidence, to

construe evidence liberally as confirmatory, to fail to generate or to

assess alternative hypotheses, and having thus managed to expose themselves

only to confirmatory instances, to be fallaciously confident of the validity

of their judgments (Jahoda, 1969; Einhorn and Hogarth, 1978).  In the

analyzing of past events, these tendencies are exacerbated by failure to

appreciate the pitfalls of post hoc analyses.

        -- A. Benjamin

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British education is probably the best in the world, if you can survive

it.  If you can't there is nothing left for you but the diplomatic corps.

        -- Peter Ustinov

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... But if we laugh with derision, we will never understand.  Human

intellectual capacity has not altered for thousands of years so far as

we can tell.  If intelligent people invested intense energy in issues

that now seem foolish to us, then the failure lies in our understanding

of their world, not in their distorted perceptions.  Even the standard

example of ancient nonsense -- the debate about angels on pinheads --

makes sense once you realize that theologians were not discussing

whether five or eighteen would fit, but whether a pin could house a

finite or an infinite number.

        -- S. J. Gould, "Wide Hats and Narrow Minds"

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Campus sidewalks never exist as the straightest line between two points.

        -- M. M. Johnston

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Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness

of a pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule."

        -- David Guaspari

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Dear Freshman,

    You don't know who I am and frankly shouldn't care, but

unknown to you we have something in common.  We are both rather

prone to mistakes.  I was elected Student Government President by

mistake, and you came to school here by mistake.

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Dear Miss Manners:

    My home economics teacher says that one must never place one's

elbows on the table.  However, I have read that one elbow, in between

courses, is all right.  Which is correct?

Gentle Reader:

    For the purpose of answering examinations in your home economics

class, your teacher is correct.  Catching on to this principle of

education may be of even greater importance to you now than learning

correct current table manners, vital as Miss Manners believes that is.

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Department chairmen never die, they just lose their faculties.

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Did you know the University of Iowa closed down after someone stole the book?

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Do not clog intellect's sluices with bits of knowledge of questionable uses.

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Do you know the difference between education and experience?  Education

is what you get when you read the fine print; experience is what you get

when you don't.

        -- Pete Seeger

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Do you think that illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?

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Education and religion are two things not regulated by supply and

demand.  The less of either the people have, the less they want.

        -- Charlotte Observer, 1897

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Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to

time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

        -- Oscar Wilde, "The Critic as Artist"

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Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.

        -- Daniel J. Boorstin

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Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.

        -- Irwin Edman

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Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.

        -- B. F. Skinner

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Educational television should be absolutely forbidden.  It can only lead

to unreasonable disappointment when your child discovers that the letters

of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around with

royal-blue chickens.

        -- Fran Lebowitz, "Social Studies"

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Eloquence is logic on fire.

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Encyclopedia for sale by father.  Son knows everything.

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Engineering:    "How will this work?"

Science:        "Why will this work?"

Management:     "When will this work?"

Liberal Arts:   "Do you want fries with that?"

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Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak

it to?

        -- Clarence Darrow

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Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers.  My

opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.  There's many a bestseller

that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

        -- Flannery O'Connor

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Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for

even the greatest fool may ask more the the wisest man can answer.

        -- C. C. Colton

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Experience is the worst teacher.  It always gives the test first and

the instruction afterward.

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F u cn rd ths u cnt spl wrth a dm!

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f u cn rd ths, itn tyg h myxbl cd.

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f u cn rd ths, u cn gt a gd jb n cmptr prgrmmng.

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f u cn rd ths, u r prbbly a lsy spllr.

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Fortune's Guide to Freshman Notetaking:

WHEN THE PROFESSOR SAYS:            YOU WRITE:

Probably the greatest quality of the poetry    John Milton -- born 1608

of John Milton, who was born in 1608, is the

combination of beauty and power.  Few have

excelled him in the use of the English language,

or for that matter, in lucidity of verse form,

'Paradise Lost' being said to be the greatest

single poem ever written."

Current historians have come to            Most of the problems that now

doubt the complete advantageousness        face the United States are

of some of Roosevelt's policies...        directly traceable to the

                        bungling and greed of President

                        Roosevelt.

... it is possible that we simply do        Professor Mitchell is a

not understand the Russian viewpoint...        communist.

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Fourteen years in the professor dodge has taught me that one can argue

ingeniously on behalf of any theory, applied to any piece of literature.

This is rarely harmful, because normally no-one reads such essays.

        -- Robert Parker, quoted in "Murder Ink",  ed. D. Wynn

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Going to church does not make a person religious, nor does going to school

make a person educated, any more than going to a garage makes a person a car.

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Good day to avoid cops.  Crawl to school.

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Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths good theatre.

        -- Gail Godwin

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Graduate life: It's not just a job.  It's an indenture.

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Graduate students and most professors are no smarter than undergrads.

They're just older.

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He that teaches himself has a fool for a master.

        -- Benjamin Franklin

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"He was a modest, good-humored boy.  It was Oxford that made him insufferable."

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He who writes with no misspelled words has prevented a first suspicion

on the limits of his scholarship or, in the social world, of his general

education and culture.

        -- Julia Norton McCorkle

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[He] took me into his library and showed me his books, of which he had

a complete set.

        -- Ring Lardner

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Higher education helps your earning capacity.  Ask any college professor.

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History books which contain no lies are extremely dull.

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History is nothing but a collection of fables and useless trifles,

cluttered up with a mass of unnecessary figures and proper names.

        -- Leo Tolstoy

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How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?

        -- Elliot, "E.T."

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I am a bookaholic.  If you are a decent person, you will not sell me

another book.

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"I am not sure what this is, but an `F' would only dignify it."

        -- English Professor

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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.

        -- Professor Lowd, English, Ohio University

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I appreciate the fact that this draft was done in haste, but some of the

sentences that you are sending out in the world to do your work for you are

loitering in taverns or asleep beside the highway.

        -- Dr. Dwight Van de Vate, Professor of Philosophy,

           University of Tennessee at Knoxville

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I came out of twelve years of college and I didn't even know how to sew.

All I could do was account -- I couldn't even account for myself.

        -- Firesign Theatre

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I came to MIT to get an education for myself and a diploma for my mother.

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I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to

make it shorter.

        -- Blaise Pascal

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"I have to convince you, or at least snow you ..."

        -- Prof. Romas Aleliunas, CS 435

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I heard a definition of an intellectual, that I thought was very interesting:

a man who takes more words than are necessary to tell more than he knows.

        -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.

        -- Wilson Mizner

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I think your opinions are reasonable, except for the one about my mental

instability.

        -- Psychology Professor, Farifield University

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"I'm returning this note to you, instead of your paper, because it (your paper)

presently occupies the bottom of my bird cage."

        -- English Professor, Providence College

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If any man wishes to be humbled and mortified, let him become president

of Harvard.

        -- Edward Holyoke

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If he had only learnt a little less, how infinitely better he might have

taught much more!

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If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?

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If little else, the brain is an educational toy.

        -- Tom Robbins

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If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.

        -- Pope John Paul I

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If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would need to get

the police at the gates to keep order in the inrushing multitude.  See in

college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural

method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall

learn what you have no taste or capacity for.  The college, which should

be a place of delightful labor, is made odious and unhealthy, and the

young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits.

I would have the studies elective.  Scholarship is to be created not

by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.  The wise

instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the

attractions the study has for himself.  The marking is a system for schools,

not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to

put on a professor.

        -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?

        -- Lily Tomlin

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If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.

        -- Wittgenstein

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If while you are in school, there is a shortage of qualified personnel

in a particular field, then by the time you graduate with the necessary

qualifications, that field's employment market is glutted.

        -- Marguerite Emmons

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If you are too busy to read, then you are too busy.

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If you can't read this, blame a teacher.

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If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire

deeper insights into what you believe?  The things most worth reading

are precisely those that challenge our convictions.

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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

        -- Derek Bok, president of Harvard

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If you took all the students that felt asleep in class and laid them end to

end, they'd be a lot more comfortable.

        -- "Graffiti in the Big Ten"

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"If you understand what you're doing, you're not learning anything."

        -- A. L.

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Ignorance is never out of style.  It was in fashion yesterday, it is the

rage today, and it will set the pace tomorrow.

        -- Franklin K. Dane

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Ignorance is when you don't know anything and somebody finds it out.

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Ignorance must certainly be bliss or there wouldn't be so many people

so resolutely pursuing it.

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Illiterate?  Write today, for free help!

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    In a forest a fox bumps into a little rabbit, and says, "Hi,

Junior, what are you up to?"

    "I'm writing a dissertation on how rabbits eat foxes," said the

rabbit.

    "Come now, friend rabbit, you know that's impossible!  No one

will publish such rubbish!"

    "Well, follow me and I'll show you."

    They both go into the rabbit's dwelling and after a while the

rabbit emerges with a satisfied expression on his face.  Comes along a

wolf.  "Hello, little buddy, what are we doing these days?"

    "I'm writing the 2'nd chapter of my thesis, on how rabbits devour

wolves."

    "Are you crazy?  Where's your academic honesty?"

    "Come with me and I'll show you."

    As before, the rabbit comes out with a satisfied look on his face

and a diploma in his paw.  Finally, the camera pans into the rabbit's cave

and, as everybody should have guessed by now, we see a mean-looking, huge

lion, sitting, picking his teeth and belching, next to some furry, bloody

remnants of the wolf and the fox.

    The moral: It's not the contents of your thesis that are

important -- it's your PhD advisor that really counts.

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In California, Bill Honig, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, said he

thought the general public should have a voice in defining what an excellent

teacher should know.  "I would not leave the definition of math," Dr. Honig

said, "up to the mathematicians."

        -- The New York Times, October 22, 1985

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Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't

they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning

anything?  If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five

years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.

        -- The Best of Will Rogers

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Iowa State -- the high school after high school!

        -- Crow T. Robot

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It has been said [by Anatole France], "it is not by amusing oneself

that one learns," and, in reply: "it is *____only* by amusing oneself that

one can learn."

        -- Edward Kasner and James R. Newman

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It has long been an article of our folklore that too much knowledge or skill,

or especially consummate expertise, is a bad thing.  It dehumanizes those who

achieve it, and makes difficult their commerce with just plain folks, in whom

good old common sense has not been obliterated by mere book learning or fancy

notions.  This popular delusion flourishes now more than ever, for we are all

infected with it in the schools, where educationists have elevated it from

folklore to Article of Belief.  It enhances their self-esteem and lightens

their labors by providing theoretical justification for deciding that

appreciation, or even simple awareness, is more to be prized than knowledge,

and relating (to self and others), more than skill, in which minimum

competence will be quite enough.

        -- The Underground Grammarian

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    It is a profoundly erroneous truism, repeated by all copy-books and

by eminent people when they are making speeches, that we should cultivate

the habit of thinking about what we are doing.  The precise opposite is the

case.  Civilization advances by extending the numbers of important operations

which we can perform without thinking about them.  Operations of thought are

like cavalry charges in battle -- they are strictly limited in number, they

require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.

        -- Alfred North Whitehead

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            It's grad exam time...

COMPUTER SCIENCE

    Inside your desk you'll find a listing of the DEC/VMS operating

system in IBM 1710 machine code. Show what changes are necessary to convert

this code into a UNIX Berkeley 7 operating system.  Prove that these fixes are

bug free and run correctly. You should gain at least 150% efficiency in the

new system.  (You should take no more than 10 minutes on this question.)

MATHEMATICS

    If X equals PI times R^2, construct a formula showing how long

it would take a fire ant to drill a hole through a dill pickle, if the

length-girth ratio of the ant to the pickle were 98.17:1.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Describe the Universe.  Give three examples.

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            It's grad exam time...

MEDICINE

    You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a

bottle of Scotch.  Remove your appendix.  Do not suture until your work has

been inspected.  (You have 15 minutes.)

HISTORY

    Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present

day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social, political,

economic, religious and philisophical impact upon Europe, Asia, America, and

Africa.  Be brief, concise, and specific.

BIOLOGY

    Create life.  Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture

if this form of life had been created 500 million years ago or earlier, with

special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system.

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It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it

is.  If you don't, it's its.  Then too, it's hers.  It isn't her's.  It

isn't our's either.  It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs.

        -- Oxford University Press, Edpress News

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Joe Cool always spends the first two weeks at college sailing his frisbee.

        -- Snoopy

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Learned men are the cisterns of knowledge, not the fountainheads.

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Learning at some schools is like drinking from a firehose.

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Learning without thought is labor lost;

thought without learning is perilous.

        -- Confucius

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Maybe ain't ain't so correct, but I notice that lots of folks who ain't

using ain't ain't eatin' well.

        -- Will Rogers

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Most seminars have a happy ending.  Everyone's glad when they're over.

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My father, a good man, told me, "Never lose your ignorance; you cannot

replace it."

        -- Erich Maria Remarque

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Never have so many understood so little about so much.

        -- James Burke

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Never let your schooling interfere with your education.

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No discipline is ever requisite to force attendance upon lectures which are

really worth the attending.

        -- Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations"

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No matter who you are, some scholar can show you the great idea you had

was had by someone before you.

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No wonder you're tired!  You understood so much today.

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Normally our rules are rigid; we tend to discretion, if for no other reason

than self-protection.  We never recommend any of our graduates, although we

cheerfully provide information as to those who have failed their courses.

        -- Jack Vance, "Freitzke's Turn"

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Not only is this incomprehensible, but the ink is ugly and the paper

is from the wrong kind of tree.

        -- Professor, EECS, George Washington University

I'm looking forward to working with you on this next year.

        -- Professor, Harvard, on a  senior thesis.

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        `O' LEVEL COUNTER CULTURE

Timewarp allowed: 3 hours.  Do not scrawl situationalist graffiti in the

margins or stub your rollups in the inkwells.  Orange may be worn.  Credit

will be given to candidates who self-actualise.

    (1) Compare and contrast Pink Floyd with Black Sabbath and say why

        neither has street credibility.

    (2) "Even Buddha would have been hard pushed to reach Nirvana squatting

        on a juggernaut route."  Consider the dialectic of inner truth

        and inner city.

    (3) Discuss degree of hassle involved in paranoia about being sucked

        into a black hole.

    (4) "The Egomaniac's Liberation Front were a bunch of revisionist

        ripoff merchants."  Comment on this insult.

    (5) Account for the lack of references to brown rice in Dylan's lyrics.

    (6) "Castenada was a bit of a bozo."  How far is this a fair summing

        up of western dualism?

    (7) Hermann Hesse was a Pisces.  Discuss.

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"OK, now let's look at four dimensions on the blackboard."

        -- Dr. Joy

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OK, so you're a Ph.D.  Just don't touch anything.

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One cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs -- but it is amazing

how many eggs one can break without making a decent omelette.

        -- Professor Charles P. Issawi

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Periphrasis is the putting of things in a round-about way.  "The cost may be

upwards of a figure rather below 10m#." is a periphrasis for The cost may be

nearly 10m#.  "In Paris there reigns a complete absence of really reliable

news" is a periphrasis for There is no reliable news in Paris.  "Rarely does

the 'Little Summer' linger until November, but at times its stay has been

prolonged until quite late in the year's penultimate month" contains a

periphrasis for November, and another for lingers.  "The answer is in the

negative" is a periphrasis for No.  "Was made the recipient of" is a

periphrasis for Was presented with.  The periphrasis style is hardly possible

on any considerable scale without much use of abstract nouns such as "basis,

case, character, connexion, dearth, description, duration, framework, lack,

nature, reference, regard, respect".  The existence of abstract nouns is a

proof that abstract thought has occurred; abstract thought is a mark of

civilized man; and so it has come about that periphrasis and civilization are

by many held to be inseparable.  These good people feel that there is an almost

indecent nakedness, a reversion to barbarism, in saying No news is good news

instead of "The absence of intelligence is an indication of satisfactory

developments."

        -- Fowler's English Usage

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"Plaese porrf raed."

        -- Prof. Michael O'Longhlin, S.U.N.Y. Purchase

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Practice is the best of all instructors.

        -- Publilius

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Princeton's taste is sweet like a strawberry tart.  Harvard's is a subtle

taste, like whiskey, coffee, or tobacco.  It may even be a bad habit, for

all I know.

        -- Prof. J. H. Finley '25

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Professor Gorden Newell threw another shutout in last week's Chem Eng. 130

midterm.  Once again a student did not receive a single point on his exam.

Newell has now tossed 5 shutouts this quarter.  Newell's earned exam average

has now dropped to a phenomenal 30%.

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Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of one's own.

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

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Reporter:   "How did you like school when you were growing up, Yogi?"

Yogi Berra: "Closed."

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Rules for Good Grammar #4.

     (1) Don't use no double negatives.

     (2) Make each pronoun agree with their antecedents.

     (3) Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.

     (4) About them sentence fragments.

     (5) When dangling, watch your participles.

     (6) Verbs has got to agree with their subjects.

     (7) Just between you and i, case is important.

     (8) Don't write run-on sentences when they are hard to read.

     (9) Don't use commas, which aren't necessary.

    (10) Try to not ever split infinitives.

    (11) It is important to use your apostrophe's correctly.

    (12) Proofread your writing to see if you any words out.

    (13) Correct speling is essential.

    (14) A preposition is something you never end a sentence with.

    (15) While a transcendant vocabulary is laudable, one must be eternally

         careful so that the calculated objective of communication does not

         become ensconsed in obscurity.  In other words, eschew obfuscation.

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Smartness runs in my family.  When I went to school I was so smart my

teacher was in my class for five years.

        -- George Burns

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Some scholars are like donkeys, they merely carry a lot of books.

        -- Folk saying

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"Speed is subsittute fo accurancy."

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Spelling is a lossed art.

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Suddenly, Professor Liebowitz realizes he has come to the seminar

without his duck ...

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Teachers have class.

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The 'A' is for content, the 'minus' is for not typing it.  Don't ever do

this to my eyes again.

        -- Professor Ronald Brady, Philosophy, Ramapo State College

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The alarm clock that is louder than God's own belongs to the roommate with

the earliest class.

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The average Ph.D thesis is nothing but the transference of bones from

one graveyard to another.

        -- J. Frank Dobie, "A Texan in England"

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The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned

into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.

        -- Nelson Algren, "Writers at Work"

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    "The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff

and blow, "is to learn something.  That's the only thing that never fails.

You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at

night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love,

you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your

honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for

it then -- to learn.  Learn why the world wags and what wags it.  That is

the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be

tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.  Learning

is the only thing for you.  Look what a lot of things there are to learn."

        -- T. H. White, "The Once and Future King"

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The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up

in the morning, and does not stop until you get to school.

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The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his

intellectual nakedness.

        -- Robert M. Hutchins

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The end of the world will occur at three p.m., this Friday, with

symposium to follow.

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The future is a race between education and catastrophe.

        -- H. G. Wells

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The important thing is not to stop questioning.

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The man who has never been flogged has never been taught.

        -- Menander

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The only thing that experience teaches us is that experience teaches us nothing.

        -- Andre Maurois (Emile Herzog)

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The only thing we learn from history is that we do not learn.

        -- Earl Warren

That men do not learn very much from history is the most important of all

the lessons that history has to teach.

        -- Aldous Huxley

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.

        -- Georg Hegel

HISTORY:  Papa Hegel he say that all we learn from history is that we learn

nothing from history.  I know people who can't even learn from what happened

this morning.  Hegel must have been taking the long view.

        -- Chad C. Mulligan, "The Hipcrime Vocab"

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The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.

        -- Hegel

I know guys can't learn from yesterday ... Hegel must be taking the long view.

        -- John Brunner, "Stand on Zanzibar"

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The problem with graduate students, in general, is that they have

to sleep every few days.

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The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is a constant, but nowadays the

illiterates can read.

        -- Alberto Moravia

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The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.

        -- Christopher Morley

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"The student in question is performing minimally for his peer group and

is an emerging underachiever."

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The sum of the intelligence of the world is constant.  The population is,

of course, growing.

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The sunlights differ, but there is only one darkness.

        -- Ursula K. LeGuin, "The Dispossessed"

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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed

ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.

        -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The three best things about going to school are June, July, and August.

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The Tree of Learning bears the noblest fruit, but noble fruit tastes bad.

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The USA is so enormous, and so numerous are its schools, colleges and religious

seminaries, many devoted to special religious beliefs ranging from the

unorthodox to the dotty, that we can hardly wonder at its yielding a more

bounteous harvest of gobbledegook than the rest of the world put together.

        -- Sir Peter Medawar

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The world is coming to an end!  Repent and return those library books!

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The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an

open doorway with an open mind.

        -- E. B. White

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There are no answers, only cross-references.

        -- Weiner

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This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.

        -- Winston Churchill

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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for

these only gave life, those the art of living well.

        -- Aristotle

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Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

        -- Hector Berlioz

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To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education.

To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun.  To accuse neither

oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.

        -- Epictetus

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To craunch a marmoset.

        -- Pedro Carolino, "English as She is Spoke"

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To teach is to learn twice.

        -- Joseph Joubert

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To teach is to learn.

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Try not to have a good time ... This is supposed to be educational.

        -- Charles Schulz

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Trying to get an education here is like trying to get a drink from a fire hose.

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Universities are places of knowledge.  The freshman each bring a little

in with them, and the seniors take none away, so knowledge accumulates.

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University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

        -- C. P. Snow

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Walt:    Dad, what's gradual school?

Garp:    Gradual school?

Walt:    Yeah.  Mom says her work's more fun now that she's teaching

    gradual school.

Garp:    Oh.  Well, gradual school is someplace you go and gradually

    find out that you don't want to go to school anymore.

        -- The World According To Garp

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"We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!"

        -- Vroomfondel

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We know next to nothing about virtually everything.  It is not necessary

to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know.

Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition

to crave knowledge.

        -- George Will

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We're fantastically incredibly sorry for all these extremely unreasonable

things we did.  I can only plead that my simple, barely-sentient friend

and myself are underprivileged, deprived and also college students.

        -- Waldo D. R. Dobbs

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    "We're running out of adjectives to describe our situation.  We

had crisis, then we went into chaos, and now what do we call this?" said

Nicaraguan economist Francisco Mayorga, who holds a doctorate from Yale.

        -- The Washington Post, February, 1988

The New Yorker's comment:

    At Harvard they'd call it a noun.

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What does education often do?  It makes a straight cut ditch of a

free meandering brook.

        -- Henry David Thoreau

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        What I Did During My Fall Semester

On the first day of my fall semester, I got up.

Then I went to the library to find a thesis topic.

Then I hung out in front of the Dover.

On the second day of my fall semester, I got up.

Then I went to the library to find a thesis topic.

Then I hung out in front of the Dover.

On the third day of my fall semester, I got up.

Then I went to the library to find a thesis topic.

I found a thesis topic:

    How to keep people from hanging out in front of the Dover.

        -- Sister Mary Elephant, "Student Statement for Black Friday"

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What makes you think graduate school is supposed to be satisfying?

        -- Erica Jong, "Fear of Flying"

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What passes for optimism is most often the effect of an intellectual error.

        -- Raymond Aron, "The Opium of the Intellectuals"

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What we do not understand we do not possess.

        -- Goethe

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What's page one, a preemptive strike?

        -- Professor Freund, Communication, Ramapo State College

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When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into

the soul of the boy sitting next to me.

        -- Woody Allen

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Whenever anyone says, "theoretically," they really mean, "not really."

        -- Dave Parnas

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Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

        -- Karl Kraus

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"Whom are you?" said he, for he had been to night school.

        -- George Ade

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    Wouldn't the sentence "I want to put a hyphen between the words Fish

and And and And and Chips in my Fish-And-Chips sign" have been clearer if

quotation marks had been placed before Fish, and between Fish and and, and

and and And, and And and and, and and and And, and And and and, and and and

Chips, as well as after Chips?

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You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.

        -- H. H. Munro

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You don't have to think too hard when you talk to teachers.

        -- J. D. Salinger

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You may have heard that a dean is to faculty as a hydrant is to a dog.

        -- Alfred Kahn

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"You should, without hesitation, pound your typewriter into a plowshare,

your paper into fertilizer, and enter agriculture"

        -- Business Professor, University of Georgia

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Your education begins where what is called your education is over.

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