Quotes About Academics

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Criss Jami
“If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you'll see your rivals scrambling for second place.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

C.S. Lewis
“The true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it whole-heartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemly or gravely. For he will read 'in the same spirit that the author writ.'... He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison.”
C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism

Erin McCarthy
“I am successful because of my brains and my guts, put together, and I don't need some fancy-ass degree from a bunch of sweater-vest-wearing pricks who haven't gotten laid since Bush Senior was president... Do you know who studies sociology? People who would rather observe life than live it.”
Erin McCarthy, Hard and Fast

Roger Lowenstein
“Buffett found it 'extraordinary' that academics studied such things. They studied what was measurable, rather than what was meaningful. 'As a friend [Charlie Munger] said, to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”
Roger Lowenstein, Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist

“There's no crying in the rank book.”
William Morton

Jennifer Ouellette
“... I succeeded at math, at least by the usual evaluation criteria: grades. Yet while I might have earned top marks in geometry and algebra, I was merely following memorized rules, plugging in numbers and dutifully crunching out answers by rote, with no real grasp of the significance of what I was doing or its usefulness in solving real-world problems. Worse, I knew the depth of my own ignorance, and I lived in fear that my lack of comprehension would be discovered and I would be exposed as an academic fraud -- psychologists call this "imposter syndrome".”
Jennifer Ouellette, The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

Woody Allen
“There's nothing like the discovery of an unknown work by a great thinker to set the intellectual community atwitter and cause academics to dart about like those things one sees when looking at a drop of water under a microscope.”
Woody Allen

Vladimir Nabokov
“This irritated or puzzled such students of literature and their professors as were accustomed to ‘serious’ courses replete with ‘trends ’ and ‘schools ’ and ‘myths ’ and ‘symbols ’ and ‘social comment ’ and something unspeakably spooky called ‘climate of thought.’ Actually these ‘serious’ courses were quite easy ones with the students required to know not the books but about the books.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Daniel Amory
“One of the professors told me last week that he feels bad teaching with the way the economy is now. ‘What’s the point?’ he said. ‘Kids aren’t getting jobs.’ You never hear faculty talk that way. He did.”
Daniel Amory, Minor Snobs

Claire Hennessy
“I had good intentions once upon a time. Well, September.”
Claire Hennessy, Big Picture

Kay Redfield Jamison
“The rites of passage in the academic world are arcane and, in their own way, highly romantic, and the tensions and unplesantries of dissertations and final oral examinations are quickly forgotten in the wonderful moment of the sherry afterward, admission into a very old club, parties of celebration, doctoral gowns, academic rituals, and hearing for the first time "Dr.," rather than "Miss" Jamison.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Pawan Mishra
“It was a time when a degree was expected but not much respected.”
Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

Claire North
“Perhaps, I suggested, the fate of the universe could briefly take second place to the thorny issue of graduating with honours?

He blew loudly between his lips, a liquid sound of contempt. “That,” he exclaimed, “is precisely what’s wrong with academics.”
Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Paul Arden
“Have you noticed how the cleverest people at school are not those who make it in life?

People who are conventionally clever get jobs on their qualifications (the past), not on their desire to succeed (the future).

Very simply, they get overtaken by those who continually strive to be better than they are.”
Paul Arden, It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be

Michel Houellebecq
“They were really willing to pay to avoid any trouble. No doubt they had overestimated the ability of academics to make a nuisance of themselves. It had been years since an academic title gained you access to major media.... Even if all the university professors in France had risen up in protest, almost nobody would have noticed, but apparently they hadn't found that out in Saudi Arabia. They still believed, deep down, in the power of the intellectual elite. It was almost touching.”
Michel Houellebecq, Soumission

Criss Jami
“If only we were all better educated. If then, higher education would at last be a journey for skill and knowledge rather than for power and status.”
Criss Jami, Healology

“The realization that you can't predict the future -- and mold it -- could only come as a shock to an academic.”
David Harsanyi

Criss Jami
“As cliché as it might sound, I'd rather lose than win by cheating. The latter is a much deeper, more personal loss in that one is admittedly whispering to himself his lack of competence. His cheating then begets more cheating, as he is ever-privately, ever-subconsciously insulting himself; thus, gradually deteriorating any remaining confidence.”
Criss Jami

“Always lend a helping hand, for one day- YOU might be the one reaching for it!”

Preeti Shenoy
“I have never compromised on academics and the one thing that I insist on is good grades, even though I am a relaxed and indulgent parent in most other things.”
Preeti Shenoy, It Happens for a Reason

John le Carré
“These dons, so ponderous, so circuitous, , no sense of time. In a minute they'll be talking about the meaning of meaning.”
John le Carré

Respicius Rwehumbiza
“A student who has no study skills is like a person with a driving license but can’t drive.”
Respicius Rwehumbiza

“When a child studies hard, it seems that he is going to be an industrious and in service; but if a child studies hardly, then wondering why it seems that he is going to be a big industrialist on growing up.”
Anuj Somany

“Personal conviction held always in life that it is better to spend a few minutes in Bathroom or Lavatory than many hours in a Laboratory or Library for the novelty in idea generation and incubation.”
Anuj Somany

“The problems of this world will end when academicians will stop calling hypocrisy neutrality. Some academicians maintain hypocrisy in the name of neutrality.”
Aloys Rugazia

Ludvig Holberg
“...tilstaaer jeg gierne, at Charactererne ere outrerede udi visse Stykker; men maa derhos sige, at Agt er skeed af heel beraad Hu, og af en pur Fornødenhed, saasom jeg saavel som andre af Erfarenhed haver mærket, at Skuespill uden outrerede Characterer, eller uden det, som Academiske Censores ansee som Feil, ingen Virkning have.”
Ludvig Holberg, Epistler

Sigurd Hoel
“Jeg innså dumhetens uvurderlige betydning for alt åndelig arbeide - den sunne, medfødte eller ervervede, firkantete, jernbeslåtte dumhet, som sikrer sin mann mot hvert gløtt utenom hans eget verk eller bakenom hans egne motiver. Å, du herlige, sterke, hardføre dumhet, vikingen blant menneskets dyder, som verner mot selverkjennelse, vantro, fortvilelse og andre skammelige synder og laster, og i steden føder og fremelsker allslags forfengelighet. Du er i sannhet grunnlaget for all flid og fremgang i det åndelige.”
Sigurd Hoel, Sinners In Summertime

“There’s no logical connection between being smart and having money.”
Christopher Langan

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