Academic Quotes

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Amos Oz
“If you steal from one book you are condemned as a plagiarist, but if you steal from ten books you are considered a scholar, and if you steal from thirty or forty books, a distinguished scholar.”
Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness

Robert Fanney
“A genius is someone who takes a complex thing and makes it look simple. An academic does the opposite.”
Robert Fanney

E.A. Bucchianeri
“There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the chambers of parliament or the halls of academia but at the unpretentious setting of the kitchen table.”
E.A. Bucchianeri

Philip Pullman
“It does not make sense. It cannot exist. It's impossible, and if it isn't impossible, it's irrelevant, and if it isn't either of those things, it's embarrassing.”
Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife

Stephanie Witter
“I’m the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they’re cut and bleeding.”
Stephanie Witter, Patch Up

Harold Bloom
“Not a moment passes these days without fresh rushes of academic lemmings off the cliffs they proclaim the political responsibilities of the critic, but eventually all this moralizing will subside.”
Harold Bloom, Books of the Western Canon: 797 Great Books by 204 Essential Authors

“If there is one central intellectual reality at the end of the twentieth century, it is that the biological approach to psychiatry--treating mental illness as a genetically influenced disorder of brain chemistry--has been a smashing success. Freud's ideas, which dominated the history of psychiatry for the past half century, are now vanishing like the last snows of winter.”
Edward Shorter, A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac

“I still feel glad to emphasize the duty, the defining characteristic of the pure scientist—probably to be found working in universities—who commit themselves absolutely to specialized goals, to seek the purest manifestation of any possible phenomenon that they are investigating, to create laboratories that are far more controlled than you would ever find in industry, and to ignore any constraints imposed by, as it were, realism. Further down the scale, people who understand and want to exploit results of basic science have to do a great deal more work to adapt and select the results, and combine the results from different sources, to produce something that is applicable, useful, and profitable on an acceptable time scale.”
C.A.R. Hoare

Jonathan Crary
“The denial of sleep is the violent dispossession of self by external force, the calculated shattering of an individual.”
Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

Scott McCloud
“All the things we experience in life can be separated into two realms, the realm of the concept and the realm of the senses.”
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Walter Brueggemann
“In the end, ethical interpretation of the Bible means to think critically about how our practices of textual engagement might help us to become both more human and more humane. We are constantly crafting and recrafting ourselves, and the goal is to do so in such a way that we contribute, even if only incrementally, more to the good in the world than to the bad. We think of the point made by Tim Beal (2011, 184), who notes that the etymological root of the word “religion” is typically taken to be the Latin religare, from the verb ligare, meaning “to bind” or “to attach” (ergo our word “ligament”). Religion, in this line of thinking, has to do with being bound to certain doctrines, ideas, or practices. But Beal points out that there is another etymology, suggested by the ancient Roman politician and philosopher Cicero, who proposed that religion derives from the Latin relegere, itself a form of the root legere, “to read” (ergo our words “legible” and even “lectionary”). “Re-ligion” becomes then a process of “re-reading,” and the shaping of a religious life (or more broadly a moral life, or more broadly still just a life) is a continual process of engagement with tradition in the context of present realities. We spoke early on in this book about the “traditioning” process that lies behind the biblical text, the way in which earlier texts and traditions are taken up in later contexts in which they are both preserved and transformed. As a result, Scripture itself presents a rich variety of voices, and sometimes one author or text disagrees with the other. It is an ongoing conversation rather than a set of settled doctrines. And it is our privilege to be invited into that conversation, to become ourselves part of the traditioning process, seeking to bring an unfolding understanding of the good into our present reality.”
Walter Brueggemann, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination

“Many academic intellectuals hold middle-class values in contempt”
Richard J. Herrnstein, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life

Laurence Galian
“The academician commonly is more interested in gaining information to swell his or her bag of facts, than to open him or herself up to psycho-spiritual transmutation. This wisdom would be wasted on those whose only interest is to rape wisdom for academic data.”
Laurence Galian, Beyond Duality: The Art of Transcendence

Laurence Galian
“Academic and scholarly study are absolutely necessary for our continued understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. However, a sense of inhumanity has begun to creep over science and academia, a kind of bureaucracy that chokes almost all possibility of real discovery from ever happening, and even worse, a belief system that very meticulously and deliberately attacks spirituality, religion and consciousness in every way possible. Materialist science reduces everything to matter. The human being, in the opinion of the materialist scientist, is nothing more than meat.”
Laurence Galian, Alien Parasites: 40 Gnostic Truths to Defeat the Archon Invasion!

Anna Todd
“Ogni volta che usa la parola "nostro" il mio cuore manca un battito.”
Anna Todd, After

Emily Dickinson
“Dove tu sei, quella è casa.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Steven Magee
“Professors are typically in their own little worlds, doing their own thing and thinking that the laws do not apply to them.”
Steven Magee

“Dance history is not only an academic or artistic undertaking. Dance history is human history. Dance history explores the intersection of the collective narrative with the human body. You can not understand history of dance without understanding how dance is the individuation of collective storytelling."
Marquita Burke De Jesus, Associate Professor in Dance”
Marquita De Jesus

Laurence Galian
“We are obsessed with the academic and scientific study of displeasure/anxiety/running/fighting, but almost no research is done about pleasure, because the exploration of sexual pleasure is still a taboo subject among Christians as it was in Reich's time. Reich's work is key to the somatic system.”
Laurence Galian, 666: Connection with Crowley

H. Melvin James
“If there is any correlation between the intellectual and the wise, it is that intellectuals tend to have less wisdom that those of much lesser academic credentials.”
H. Melvin James

“While in any academic field of study, it is either you fall in love with books and avoid going into emotional affairs with humans, or the other way round, but you cannot possibly focus on the both at the same time because love is as powerful as being able to cause distraction.”
Elijah Onyemmeri

“In any academic field, it's either fall in love with books and avoid engaging in emotional affairs with people, or vice versa, but you can't possibly focus on both at the same time because love is so powerful that it can cause distraction.”
Godwin Elijah

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Half of what students learn in school is useful only during examinations.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Before You Doubt Yourself: Pep Talks and other Crucial Discussions

“Prof. George Wiafe said, Lailah, wherever you are make the best out of that place.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Umberto Eco
“We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die.”
Umberto Eco

Marcel M. du Plessis
“Cas sighed. ‘I guess,’ he shrugged. ‘Ever heard of the academic voice?’
The door opened. Jasper was dressed in stained clothes – day clothes. Gone was the robe and crusty night shirt. His bushy eyebrows shaded his milky eyes.
‘The academic voice?’ Jasper seemed to chew the bitter words. He squared his shoulders and cleared his throat. He raised his hand in front of him, moving it as he spoke as if he was conducting some invisible orchestra. ‘Hear my voice from on-high and tremble all ye oppressors of good sense and intellectual advancement. Heed my words, students: relinquish thine will and let me oppress thee instead, for he who is not under my heel cannot learn.’ His arm dropped to his side, and he seem to shrink slightly, as if elocution was the air in his lungs. ‘This voice you are looking for,’ he said quietly, ‘sounds like the slap of mortar on brick. It builds walls between those who think they know and those who thirst to know.”
Marcel M. du Plessis, The Silent Symphony

Rebecca Goldstein
“It's deplorable that academia should prostitute itself, but there it is. Not even Harvard is above it. In fact, Harvard least of all, with that ludicrous delusion of self-importance that makes every Harvard professor feel he's a public intellectual, qualified to comment on issues far beyond his expertise.”
Rebecca Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

Gillian Polack
“So, if I become an associate professor, everyone will assume it’s the same as an assistant professor.”
Gillian Polack, Borderlanders

“She never knew how
Hard it could truly get until
She was drowning, just
Beneath the surface,
Unable to catch even a
Breath of air as she
Strangled herself, encumbering
Herself with
Meaningless tasks and studies, burdening
Herself with
Meaningless thoughts and duties,
No matter how much her heart
Willed her to rest,
Her brain told her to
Keep going, and, inevitably,
She broke”

R.M. Engelhardt
“One of the more interesting things you'll notice in the entire history of poetry & poets, art & artists is those useless untalented individuals that call themselves " experts" or " critics" . The sad fact is that throughout that same history people actually were gullible and listened to them and bought their books or paintings. We no longer live in the age where poets were mass- read or rockstars but even now, in the 21st century we unfortunately must still deal with these ridiculous fops who merely give themselves these titles and use this as a tool to destroy or slander, debase or tear apart the works of other more talented poets so that their needy lackluster words will steal the other poets thunder and limelight to make themselves the center of attention. How pathetic is that? Very pathetic indeed. Hence ? We are far smarter than those who once fell for these self centered antics and we have thankfully made these manipulative con artists extinct. POETRY & ART is for EVERYBODY. From different countries, backgrounds and cultures. And the myth of experts or critics has finally been flushed down the toilet where they belong. Their words & voices now meaning what it was in the first place. NOTHING.”

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