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Harvard in Epigram: Encore

As promised ("Harvard in Epigram," January-February), here, for visitors to Harvard Magazine's website, is a further selection of epigrams published in the magazine from the 1950s through the early 1970s. The editors present them mindful of Mae West's epigrammatic judgment, "Too much of a good thing is terrific." Each epigram is followed by its original date of publication in this magazine.

The only way one can really say anything about music is to write music. — Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein '39, D. Mus. '67, April 19, 1958

Objectivity is the highest discipline of journalism....But wherever there is a trace of mind, there will be a point of view. — Curator of Nieman Fellowships Louis M. Lyons, G '19-'20, LH.D. '64, October 11, 1958

Even this court has the last say only for a time. — Associate justice of the Supreme Court Felix Frankfurter, LL.B. '06, LL.D. '56, October 25, 1958

Even with Mrs. Kennedy on the platform, his influence on lady politicians is almost naughty. — New York Times columnist James Reston, Litt.D. '70, on John F. Kennedy '40, LL.D. '56, October 25, 1958

If we were committed to Bedlam, we would edit a handwritten sheet for our fellow inmates, and if Russia took over this country, we would edit underground. — Editor of the Atlantic Monthly Edward A. Weeks '22, November 29, 1958

Far more important that the first man on the moon is the man on earth--the kind of man he is, and the kind of man he will become. — Cornell president Deane W. Malott, M.B.A. '23, G '24, January 17, 1959

The man who loves other nations as much as he does his own stands on a par with the man who loves other women as much as he does his own wife. — Theodore Roosevelt, A.B. 1880, LL.D. '02, quoted by statesman Henry Cabot Lodge '24, LL.D. '54, January 17, 1959

It is a spirit of reverence for the past which gives our life style and dignity. — Jurist Charles E. Wyzanski Jr. '27, J.D. '30, LL.D. '58, February 7, 1959

We [economists] have tried to set ourselves apart as a priesthood and to take on to ourselves some of the remote and arcana qualities of people who know what other people don't know. This is always a very nice thing to believe, even if it isn't so. — Professor of economics John Kenneth Galbraith, February 7, 1959

I went to Harvard right after the war, when you had to go where you could get in. — Public policy analyst Francis D. Fisher '47, J.D. '51, IOP '72, in a political campaign statement as quoted by the Chicago Daily News, March 7, 1959

To the extent that Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and others become Cadillac images, we cease to serve the nation in a most important way. — Dean of Harvard College John U. Monro '34, G '39, L.H.D. '67, March 7, 1959

I have never subscribed to the proposition once debated in the Oxford Union that in the opinion of this house Columbus went too far. — President of the University of Chicago Robert M. Hutchins, LL.D. '36, March 21, 1959

Even if one should accept the definition of tax exemption as a subsidy, it is clear that, on balance...it is the endowed university that heavily subsidizes the educational needs of the community. — Harvard University factotum Jerome D. Greene, A.B. 1896, LL.D. '37, April 4, 1959

Architectural design is related to life, or it is born dead. — Professor of architecture Josep Lluis Sert, Arch.D. '67, April 18, 1959

Harvard is, in fact, a sort of lever which can, in time, move almost the whole American eduction system. — Patrick O'Donovan in the London Observer, April 18, 1959

I don't think there is a single sacred cow you haven't kicked. — Senator Paul Douglas, commenting on the congressional testimony of professor of business economics Sumner H. Slichter, LL.D. '49, April 18, 1959

The place for women is in the home but, with one exception, not in my home. — Dean of Harvard College John U. Monro '34, G '39, L.H.D. '67, May 2, 1959

The business of education is making people uncomfortable. — President A. Lawrence Lowell, A.B. 1877, LL.B. 1880, LL.D. '34, as quoted by professor of retailing Malcolm P. McNair '16, A.M. '20, May 2, 1959

The relationship of philosophy to everyday problems is vastly overrated. Philosophy won't help you decide whether you should give up cigarettes. — President of Rutgers University Mason Welch Gross, Ph.D. '38, May 23, 1959

One man's baby is another man's bathwater. — Logician William W. Bartley '56, Dv '57, A.M. '58, May 23, 1959

Many of our depositors are students who put in five dollars one day and draw out ten dollars the next. — A Cambridge bank official, as quoted by banker and financial consultant Walter Lichtenstein '00, Ph.D. '07, June 6, 1959

The reason why so many Society murders are unsolved is that so many people consider them a good thing. — Author Cleveland Amory '39, July 4, 1959

The color of your standard and the color of our ink are virtually the same. — Governor of Massachusetts Foster Furcolo, in his Commencement address, July 4, 1959

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time. — Professor of neurosurgery J. Lawrence Pool '28, July 4, 1959

The voting public will soon believe that college-going is as important as motherhood or owning a car. — Dean of admissions and financial aid Wilbur J. Bender '27, A.M. '30, LL.D. '61, November 28, 1959

If I were concerned about adolescent subversives, which I am not, I would require them to attend universities rather than seek to prevent them. — Brown president Barnaby C. Keeney, Ph.D. '39, G '46, December 12, 1959

Harvard and Boston are two ends of one moustache. — Critic Elizabeth Hardwick, January 16, 1960

If Harvard has discriminated against Democrats in awarding honorary degrees, the Demmies are in the same boat with thinkers, artists, creative writers--and women. — Journalist Charles L. Whipple '35, L '38, January 16, 1960

The university president's job is to reduce chaos to disorder. — Cornell president Deane W. Malott, M.B.A. '23, G '24, as quoted by professor of social psychiatry Dana L. Farnsworth, M.D. '33, LL.D. '71, January 16, 1960

One American national trait which irritates many Americans and must be convenient for our critics is that we relentlessly advertise our imperfections. — Statesman Henry Cabot Lodge '24, LL.D. '54, February 6, 1960

Today business has become to a large degree a way of life, so that politics, government, education, the entertainment industry, and even religion find themselves permeated with and to a large degree controlled by commercial criteria of productiveness, increased size, and popularity. — Professor of divinity Samuel H. Miller, February 6, 1960

An artist has got to know when to stop. And as with halitosis, the novelist's best friends do not tell him. — John P. Marquand '15, Litt.D. '53, March 19, 1960

The best way to get elected to public office is to attack Harvard. — Cambridge city councilor Alfred Velucci, as quoted by the Crimson, May 28, 1960

As Mr. Stevenson discovered, the support of Harvard is not a sure sign of inevitable victory in a Presidential campaign. — New York Times columnist James Reston, Litt.D. '70, May 28, 1960

It is very far from clear that science and freedom are going to stay friends. — Professor of government and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences McGeorge Bundy, JF '48, LL.D. '61, May 28, 1960

To get a good man young is what every true woman hopes for and few universities ever get. — Poet Archibald MacLeish, LL.B. '19, Litt.D. '55, June 11, 1960

Good ideas are not so hard to come by; good men to carry them out are harder to find. — President James B. Conant '14, Ph.D. '16, LL. D. '55, June 11, 1960

Anger and urgency assail me....Anger that so rich and fat a country as ours, dedicated to individual personality, should still, so desperately late in history, be starving the educational and personal development of tens of thousands of able children whose only fault is that they are poor, or a wrong color. — Dean of Harvard College John U. Monro '34, G '39, L.H.D. '67, September 24, 1960

One who has given serious thought to his own future will not speak disparagingly of dust. — Business executive George R. Walker '18, October 22, 1960

While most undergraduate men can confidently project in some detail the interesting and satisfying career that will occupy their adult lives, many a woman undergraduate seeks only to reconcile herself to an acceptance of the unexpected. — Radcliffe president Mary I. Bunting, LL.D. '73, January 14, 1961

There isn't much that can be said in defense of Harvard--except as an educational institution. — Editorial in the Washington Post, January 14, 1961

Government influence over privately endowed universities? I remind you that Gulliver didn't get tied down until he went to sleep. — Professor of bacteriology George P. Berry, S.D. '54, April 1, 1961

.... And then it wasn't a big rope; it was just a lot of little threads. — Dean of the Kennedy School of Government Don K. Price Jr., LL.D. '70, April 1, 1961

The greatest bore in the world would be a graduate of the Harvard Law School who served in the U.S. Marines and was born in Texas. — "J. Fortescue Perley III, 4 Grad.," May 6, 1961

Teaching and graduate research should be inseparable. But...the federal government doesn't want to be involved in education, only projects. — Professor of chemistry George B. Kistiakowsky, S.D. '55, May 6, 1961

Sophomores, like balloons, require dimension within which to become inflated. Harvard College soars them into orbit. They are adequately deflated at the Graduate Schools. — "Fitch Gibbons" '18, May 6, 1961

Youth is an affliction from which only the really feeble fail to recover. — Business executive Harold J. Seymour '16, October 14, 1961

In the state universities you are an employee, but at Harvard you are a member of a society, a free society whose most distinguishing mark is the right to dissent. — Professor of humanities Howard Mumford Jones, Litt.D. '36, November 11, 1961

An elaborate structure is no more proof of a university's greatness than is a champion football team. — Princeton president Harold W. Dodds, LL.D. '34, November 11, 1961

After the gigantic state universities, after the demureness of the small New England colleges, Harvard's snobberies seem to me harmless and even essential, its weaknesses minor, its virtues firm and undeniable. — British historian Marcus Cunliffe, December 9, 1961

It takes time for a trustee to learn about a university, for he has probably not encountered in his previous experience an organization so strange and complex. — Princeton president Harold W. Dodds, LL.D. '34, December 9, 1961

If I had not gone to Radcliffe, and seen Harvard fairly plain, I might have missed the lunatic span of my contemporaries. — Author Nora Sayre '54, January 13, 1962

Radcliffe faces show little in common but exhaustion, due to love or study. — Nora Sayre, Radcliffe '54, February 17, 1962

There is a Harvard man on the wrong side of every question. — President A. Lawrence Lowell, A.B. 1877, LL.B. 1880, LL.D. '34, as quoted by journalist William I. Nichols '26, G '34, April 7, 1962

I judge a man by his commitments--and by his detachments. — Poet Robert Frost '01, Litt.D. '37, April 21, 1962

Of the three forms of college alcoholism, other than alcoholism--namely, drama, hockey, and skiing--drama may be the most virulent. — Professor of Greek literature and Master of Eliot House John H. Finley '25, Ph.D. '33, L.H.D. '68, April 21, 1962

The fact is that all young men who play football will in due course confront more important crises even than the Harvard-Yale game. — President John F. Kennedy '40, LL.D. '56, April 21, 1962

A Harvard professor is an egghead who thinks the American eagle needs two left wings. — Congressman John M. Ashbrook '52, July 7, 1962

It's about time that Harvard turns out enlightened men as well as Democrats. — U.S. Senator Kenneth B. Keating, LL.B. '23, July 7, 1962

A Harvard wholly Irving Babbitt, with never a George Babbitt, would not be Harvard. — Professor of history Crane Brinton '19, October 27, 1962

I cannot imagine a better place than the heart of Cambridge to avoid contamination in corn pollination. — Professor of natural history Paul C. Mangelsdorf, S.D. '25, S.D. '77, October 27, 1962

Apparently the Stadium [this year] will be a more entertaining place to spend a Saturday afternoon than the Widener Library--a statement not always applicable to Harvard football. — Sportswriter Bud Collins in the Boston Herald, October 27, 1962

It is an important thing we have accomplished, but we have not done away with the common cold, which I now have. — Professor of biology James D. Watson, at a press conference following his receipt of the Nobel Prize, November 24, 1962

Princeton is a wonderful little spot, a quaint and ceremonious village of puny demigods on stilts. — Albert Einstein, S.D. '35, as quoted in the New York Times, November 24, 1962

The difference between the methods of teaching of Harvard professors and Yale professors is indistinguishable--but the acoustics are worse here. — Grant Gilmore, visiting professor of law from New Haven, as quoted in the Harvard Law Record, November 24, 1962

"Harvard is like a bank vault," an old grad once told me. "A vault full of jewels. Only the guards are there to help you steal, not to drive you away." — Richard A. Rand '62, now associate professor of English at the University of Alabama, December 8, 1962

"Harvard indifference," which is another way of saying Harvard latitude, is at once the envy and irritation of other institutions. — Atlantic Monthly editorEdward Weeks '22, January 12, 1963

I heartily recommend it to all Yale men who, I think, will be vastly entertained. I don't think the Harvard crowd is ready for it. — John Crosby, Yale '36, reviewing You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man, by novelist Richard Bissell '36, January 12, 1963

I am pleased to find this year's freshmen well lopsided. They comprise a fascinating mix of talents and interests. — Dean of freshmen F. Skiddy von Stade Jr. '38, February 2, 1963

Every creative act is a sudden cessation of stupidity. — Scientist and inventor Edwin H. Land '30, S.D. '57, May 4, 1963

The conflict between the opportunities for scholars and artists in the University is a function of the nature of art and the nature of the University, not merely the result of a reactionary attitude on the part of the school. — Professor of fine arts Sydney J. Freedberg '36, Ph.D. '40, May 4, 1963

Harvard is like the Vatican; it measures time in decades, not years. — Professor of Romance languages and literatures Juan Marichal, May 4, 1963

When I was in college the professors wore the beards, and they were white; now it's the students, and the beards seem mostly red or black. — "Edith (Fortescue) Perley," Radcliffe '11, July 6, 1963

I am convinced that we psychologists spend too little time with lower-class people and too much time with schizophrenics and sophomores. — Professor of psychology David C. McClelland, September 28, 1963

Do you know the differences between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. — Statesman Adlai E. Stevenson, LL.D. '65, speaking at Radcliffe College, September 28, 1963

Although the earth is in motion to a celestial navigator, it is stationary to a terrestrial navigator, and most of us are still terrestrial navigators. — Professor of physics Gerald Holton, Ph.D. '48, October 12, 1963

This speech has been cleared with everyone concerned, which means that it is going to be dull. — U.S. commissioner of education Francis Keppel '38, October 26, 1963

No one welcomes you back at Harvard, because everyone is just coming back from somewhere. — Professor of economics John Kenneth Galbraith, November 9, 1963

A university president is like a bull in the arena: everybody criticizes the quality of his performance, and nobody cares a hoot about his ultimate fate. — Editor of the Yale Alumni Magazine Francis W. Bronson, November 9, 1963

Don't let the Harvard in you get to be too important. — Advice to John F. Kennedy '40, LL.D. '56, by Robert Frost '01, quoted by the former at the dedication of the library memorializing the latter, November 9, 1963

Unfortunately there are many English sentences that humans understand in a unique way, but that machines find highly ambiguous. — Professor of linguistics and applied mathematics Anthony G. Oettinger '51, Ph.D. '54, February 1, 1964

We grade minds as an agricultural bureau grades produce, for future consumption. — Professor of English William Alfred, Ph.D. '54, February 15, 1964

Running the College with the assistance of the Crimson is like trying to run it by sending up smoke signals. You get a lot of attention from the public, because they think the College is on fire, and then the students are furious when they look behind the smoke and find that the Dean's Office is still there. — Dean of Harvard College John U. Monro '34, G '39, L.H.D. '67, March 7, 1964

Communication can take place without education, as television commercials so neatly demonstrate to us. Education is more difficult to achieve without at least some process of communication. — U.S. commissioner of education Francis Keppel '38, Ed. '47, G '48, April 18, 1964

It sounds great if a married student couple has mutual interests in studying, but it usually isn't. The husband resents the stack of dirty dishes that sit in the sink while the wife works on her thesis. — Graham B. Blaine Jr. '40, chief of psychiatry at University Health Services, April 18, 1964

She is wearing her glasses instead of her contact lenses, so I know that she means business. — David Kuester, LL.B. '63, describing a joint study session with his "date," June 6, 1964

When I consider the formidable array of expense increases in next year's budget I cannot wholly avoid the sensation of being behind the wheel of a massive limousine, the fuel consumption of which appears to be rising momentarily, and which is just barely able to cover the distance from one filling station to another. — Professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Franklin L. Ford, Ph.D. '50, June 6, 1964

Harvard is the place where everyone thinks he is as good as he ought to be because he is there. — Professor of divinity Paul L. Lehmann, July 4, 1964

The social sciences are a field where the counters don't think and the thinkers don't count. — The late T. Reed Powell, LL.B. '04, professor of constitutional law, as quoted by Yale president Kingman Brewster, LL.B. '48, LL.D. '64, September 26, 1964

It would seem to be high time we got as smart about people as we appear to be about seals and white rats. — Harold J. Seymour '16, consultant on international finance and public relations, September 26, 1964

Good theater and good music require the protection of a mood; they cannot be successfully juxtaposed to rhymed jingles on behalf of a laxative. — Professor of economics John Kenneth Galbraith, October 10, 1964

Education is the multiplication of prejudices and the diminution of beliefs. — Associate justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Wendell Holmes, A.B. 1861, LL.B. '66, LL.D. '95, as published in the Holmes-Einstein Letters, November 28, 1964

A college does not exist primarily to help educate the faculty. It exists to do for its students what no graduate or professional school can be expected ever to attempt. — Professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Franklin L. Ford, Ph.D. '50, Feburary 6, 1965

To wail at insecurity is the mark of an uncivilized mind, the price of progress may well be the creation of new insecurities. — Professor of divinity Samuel H. Miller, February 6, 1965

Peabody Terrace, with its congenial oasis of family life in the maelstrom of academic pressures, may have wiped out misogamy forever. — Jane Clancy in the Boston Advertiser, February 6, 1965

To bull [in an examination] is to present evidence of an understanding of form in the hope that the reader may be deceived into supposing a familiarity with content. — Educator William G. Perry Jr. '35, A.M. '40, February 6, 1965

Once scarcely large enough to contain an apéritif, the shoe of the female has become a veritable tankard....The ability of the male to cope with libations has not kept pace with the explosion in the size of women's shoes. — Internist Paul J. Davis, M.D. '63, March 20, 1965

Dr. Davis's statement not only indicates that some women have big feet. It also indicates that some men have big mouths. — Editorial comment in the New York Herald Tribune, March 20, 1965

The students call it student "activism"; the psychiatrists call it student "alienation"; and the benign wishful-thinking administrator calls it "constructive restlessness." — Yale president Kingman Brewster, LL.B. '48, LL.D. '64, May 1, 1965

Logical solutions do not emerge from illogical problems. — Economist Robert C. Weaver '29, En '26, Ph.D. '34, LL.D. '64, later the first U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, discussing residential segregation in his Godkin Lecture, May 1, 1965

The attention paid to the Ivy League colleges by students and parents is an invitation to mass neurosis. — New York Times education columnist Fred M. Hechinger, C.C.N.Y. '43, July 3, 1965

Even notoriously critical Harvard men have awakened to the fact that Radcliffe girls now tend to be chic and pretty as well as awesomely cerebral. — Marylin Bender in the New York Times, July 3, 1965

Not all students flourish in the great Eastern institutions; for some of them ivy is poison. — The Washington Post, July 3, 1965

Goodwill is one of the obscuring forces in academic life. — Professor of humanities Howard Mumford Jones, Litt.D. '36, November 6, 1965

You pass a Cliffie on the street. You scowl. She scowls. Well, that's the kind of writing you get from these girls. — Guy Kuttner '67, editor of a maverick literary magazine, Scorpion, September 30, 1966

Literature is ethical. It makes us better. — Professor of English literature Douglas Bush, Ph.D. '23, Litt.D. '59, in Engaged and Disengaged, October 15, 1966

I feel with Professor Bush that literature is morally uplifting, but I wish I could cite some examples to prove it. — Thomas Lask, reviewing Engaged and Disengaged in the New York Times, October 15, 1966

I'd like to paint the Harvard Bridge crimson, but MIT might consider that adding insult to injury. — Benjamin W. Fink, Metropolitan District Commission director of park engineering, November 30, 1966

If interstellar spaceflight by advanced technical civilizations is commonplace, we may expect an emissary, perhaps in the next several hundred years. Hopefully, there will then still be a thriving terrestrial civilization to greet the visitors from the far distant stars. — Carl E. Sagan, assistant professor of astronomy, with I.S.Shklovskii, Intelligent Life in the Unverse, November 30, 1966

They don't know where they're going, but they know they'll get there. — Steven J. Kelman '70, Ph.D. '78, analyzing his freshman classmates in an article in The New York Times Magazine, February 11, 1967

I am six feet six inches. I guess they felt they would need a rallying point after the many cocktail lunches. — Investment counselor Philip C. Beals '42, on being elected chief marshal of his class's twenty-fifth reunion, May 31, 1967

The great remedy for tasteless barbarism is the resources of libraries and the stimulus they give for forming a library of one's own. — Professor of English literature Doughlas Bush, Ph.D. '23, Litt.D. '59, at the dedication of Radcliffe's new Hilles Library, May 31, 1967

Wasn't it Mae West who said, "I like a man who takes his time"? — Hospital administrator George Martin Cook '37, on getting his A.B. degree, through extension studies, at the 1967 Commencement, September 30, 1967

The nineteenth century clearly placed too much priority on the message and not enough on the style, while the twentieth gives privileged emphasis to form....I daresay we are more admiring of an elegant embezzlement than a slipshod poem. — Professor of developmental psychology Jerome Kagan, October 14, 1967

We now have, or know how to acquire, the technical capability to do very nearly anyhing we want...then the emphasis shifts far more heavily than before onto the question, "What should we do?" — Emmanuel G. Mesthene, executive director of the University Program on Technology and Society, October 14, 1967

Admission to Harvard is tantamount to receiving the keys to the American kingdom and living ever after in the big Playboy Club in the sky. — Columnist Russell Baker in the New York Times, November 11, 1967

Our men in Vietnam are superbly equipped, are well-organized and are fighting valiantly, but the best they can hope to achieve is worse than what we could have had, virtually for nothing, if we had only had enough interest in Vietnam and in Asia to study in advance the problems we face there. — Professor of Japanese history Edwin O. Reischauer, Ph.D. '39, LL.D. '67, writing in Look, November 11, 1967

In contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid. — Professor of biology James D. Watson, in The Atlantic, February 3, 1968

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. — John H. Finley '25, Ph.D. '33, L.H.D. '68, professor of Greek literature and former Master of Eliot House, November 17, 1969

I'm astonished they did not go for Lawrence Lowell. Perhaps they did not know he was dead. — Professor of economics John Kenneth Galbraith, commenting on a report that S.I. Hayakawa, then president of San Francisco State College, was the second most popular choice for president of Harvard, in Time, September 21, 1970

Any retired brigadier general of the Marines. — Cartoonist Al Capp, asked by the Harvard Independent if he had a favorite candidate for the Harvard presidency, November 16, 1970

Although there is a wide variety of types of institutions of higher learning in this country, they often display unmistakable signs of trying to model themselves after each other, with the result, to cite the most frequently heard example, that there is one Harvard and several hundred imitation Harvards. — Edward R. Weidlein, assistant director of admissions at Princeton, in the Princeton Alumni Weekly, January 4, 1971

As an archaeologist I enjoy very much the quick reversion to Neolithic cultural levels observable in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where the goals are to weave one's own clothes, out of field grasses if possible, to make one's own pottery, to eat nothing not grown with manure from familiar sources, often the baby, and to domesticate a variety of such unsuitable animals as boa constrictors and hyenas. — Stone-Radcliffe professor Emily T. Vermeule, LL.D. '97, at the Bryn Mawr Commencement, September 20, 1971

The Faculty is a ruminating animal; chewing a cud a long time, slowly bringing it into a digestible condition; then comes the process of assimilation, which is gradual and visible, so that bystanders do not perceive the growth and expansion of the animal. — Harvard president Charles W. Eliot, A.B. 1853, LL.D. '09, to Theodore Tibbets (in March 1856), October 1972

There is a ferment going on among the women of this country, and among its institutions of higher learning, that offers a precious opportunity for innovation. As one expects in such a period, the issues are surrounded by a wondrous mixture of cant and common sense, insight and ignorance, rhetoric and rationality. In short, it is a perfect time to assume a position of leadership in the affairs of women and the future of higher education. — Harvard president Derek C. Bok, J.D. '54, LL.D. '92, speaking after the installation of Matina Horner as president of Radcliffe, December 1972

There was one feature of Harvard life that I did not like. That was the deep-rooted provincialism and social snobbery that pervaded both the student body and many of the faculty. Though the university had given up rating students in the catalogue with numbers indicating their social standing, informally the practice was still followed. The poor were regarded with disdain by all but a few, while an air of effortless superiority exuded from the others. This has been a spiritual handicap to thousands of Harvard men. Nevertheless, for years, Harvard also produced more intelligent rebels than any other college in the Ivy League. — Paul H. Douglas, G '15-16, In The Fullness of Time (1972), May 1973

China is a part of the world on a different tack from the West. In dealing with the future, the Chinese are going to be very self-righteous--perhaps even as self-righteous as we are. — Professor of Chinese history John K. Fairbank '29, LL.D. '70, March 1974

I did sense that there were people around the President...who seemed to emphasize too much the process of political calculation, and to think in terms of getting things done in ways that seemed to me not only immoral but--speaking as a politician--unprofessional. If you see somebody who believes that in the political process he can execute a three-cushion billiard shot, you know you're talking to an amateur. — Former U.S. Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson '41, LL.B. '44, LL.D. '71, March 1974

These excerpts from epigrams published between 1958 and 1974 were chosen with the help of Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow Tara B. Purohit.

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