Sunday, October 05, 2003
"The only thing necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
"Ditto for women." - Academy Girl

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"The conception of worth, that each person is an end per se, is not a mere abstraction. Our interest in it is not merely academic. Every outcry against the oppression of some people by other people, or against what is morally hideous is the affirmation of the principle that a human being as such is not to be violated. A human being is not to be handled as a tool but is to be respected and revered." - Felix Adler, From An Ethical Philosophy of Life

"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."
- Oscar Wilde

". . . it takes an academic to completely strip all sense of relevance from the events which constitute our daily reality."
- Sigh of Dismay...posted to Colloquy

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"The cynics are right nine times out of ten"
- Henry Mencken

"Academicians already have a reputation for engaging in discussions that lack any sort of common sense."
- Stuart Rojstaczer, posted to Colloquy, October 21, 2003

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Edison

"...there are some ideas so stupid only an academic could believe them."
-Anonymous, posted to Colloquy (Oct 20, 2003)

"Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."

"...in academia, real thought requires pseudonyms."
- Academy Girl

"There is a certain satisfaction in living a life in complete and total failure."
- svijayak

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You know, I've been running since I was born, and I was
just wondering...when can I stop and put my feet up?"
- Academy Sis

"Things do not change; we change."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Government programs are based on political realities, not on long-term visionary thinking."
- Lu Carbyn

"Gracious condescension is far more powerful than back- or front stabbing -- because it makes your opponent feel guilty."
- Ms. Mentor (*nasty*)

"The executive suites at numerous universities are occupied by individuals who, if the word got out, would have to hide in spider holes rather than sip sherry in panelled common rooms."
- Stephen Karlson

"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Rather than fostering intellectual diversity ... our colleges and universities are increasingly bastions of political correctness hostile to free exchange of ideas."
- Anne Neal, President of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni

"If your local university is excellent, then so are its graduates. Hire them."
- Academy Girl on Tips for University Reform

"The system exploits idealistic, financially naive students, and it seems to do so quite consciously."
- Rose on Tips for Reform

"To give my shoulder to a crying student would be such an act of catharsis that I might cry myself."
- Thomas Benton

"He who sells his product for a lower price know what it's worth."
- Stephen Karlson

"tenure . . . just show up for class and office hours, and try not to get a DUI."
-John Bruce

"Wolves look at dogs as lunch, not lovers."
- Jim Kenyon, as quoted by Lu Carbyn

"The grief that pressed my aching breast/Was heavier far than earth can be"
- Emily Bronte, At Castle Wood

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense."
- Tom Clancy

"Folks, if your students aren't mature enough to resist 'indoctrination,' then they're not old enough for you to play doctor with them."
- The Little Professor

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
- Sir Winston Churchill

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life."
- Academy Girl

"True academics rarely tolerate sedition."
- Academy Girl

Academia's not the only game in town.