Top 363 Academic Quotes

In this post, you will find great Academic Quotes from famous people, such as Judith Butler, John Cooper Clarke, Kay Redfield Jamison, Sheryl Sandberg, Ezekiel Emanuel. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.

The principle of academic freedom is designed to make s

The principle of academic freedom is designed to make sure that powers outside the university, including government and corporations, are not able to control the curriculum or intervene in extra-mural speech.
Well, I’ve obviously been a great source of inspiration to the academic population of Salford! They’re citing me as a major contribution to their upward trajectory!
I say I’m an academic: a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. And I write.
When I went to college, as much as my parents emphasized academic achievement, they emphasized marriage even more. They told me that the most eligible women marry young to get a ‘good manbefore they are all taken.
As an academic, what do you have? You have the quality of your work and the integrity with which you do it.
Academic freedom and free speech mean the right to consider ideas with which you might disagree.
Mom was an academic, so the riches that she had to bestow were of the mind.
Simply writing a Ph.D. or academic book was unlikely to play much of a role in helping shape people‘s lives as I wanted.
I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, where it was still acceptable to say, ‘Well, you’re not academic, so that’s fine, you’ll do it some other way.’
Academic studies in general is not something that I’m very good at.
There are so many different ways in which someone is ‘intelligent.’ In my opinion this doesn’t always have to be measured by academic achievement.
My family are quite academic, and I was set to study economics and politics at university.
The Wellcome Foundation offered me the chance to establish a small academic research unit, modestly funded, but with total independence. The real opportunity, however, came from King’s College, London.
James Black
I came out of the Civil Rights Movement, and I had a different kind of focus than most people who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.
After my parents’ divorce in the early seventies, I grew up with my mother, who wasn’t super educated herself. But there were a lot of kids from the subcontinent in the neighbourhood, many of whom were academic achievers. So my sister and I grew up around them, and both of us did well in school.
I prefer to work with mystery, but that doesn’t work well in an academic environment. They want you to analyze what you’re doing, which is toxic to the creative process for people like me.
My parents were neither wealthy nor academic, but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations, both at school and university.
African American students have less access to algebra and more access to seclusion and restraint than do their white peers. The significant disparity in educational resources has caused this problem of disparate discipline and disparate academic outcomes.
I live in a post-Christian world in Oxford; it is quite rare to meet somebody who is religious in academic life now, and there is absolutely no tendency for rioting and mayhem, and it is extremely civilised.
When I went from being an academic to being a member of the community of writers some of my former colleagues did look on me with a certain resentment.
I didn’t enjoy studying for my A-levels, so didn’t really want to go to University to do something overly academic, and when I saw that Creative Writing was an option, I suddenly realised that it was something I could try to do.
As we talk about the need to foster academic achievement, we must recognize and reward those who strive academically, just as we honor athletic champions. Meeting the President of the United States is just the honor we should bestow on our academic champions.
Brad Sherman
Although the Nasser revolution of 1952 was secular, the culture remained deeply religious – but it was a faith of moderation and tolerance. Women made up nearly half my class at university, and my senior academic adviser there was a woman. In Alexandria, my friends were Christians and Muslims.
I don’t think in terms of that bizarre tautology ‘value for money’ in my literary and journalistic work – and nor will I in my academic role. However, if I don’t believe I’m helping my students towards a fuller and more empowering relationship with the world, then I’ll resign.
In both children and adults, there can be a hard-to-deny link between a robust sense of hope and either work productivity or academic achievement.
I have no academic qualifications whatsoever.
David Irving
I’ve been thinking that school, or certainly the traditional English public school model, is like a prison, in that you can’t get out and it is hierarchical. As a result they have a lot of bullying. On the other hand if you mix ages and academic ability this is less of a problem.
JC was good for me. I had a coach who kept me into things and thinking positive. It was good basketball, but more than that it prepared me for the academic scene at a university.
The Trump phenomenon is in large part a reaction of Middle America to attacks on its values by intellectual and academic communities. There are other reasons, but this is a significant one.
I don’t think, in my entire 18 years as a student, I ever used an exclamation point in an academic paper.
I think there are definitely two types of student: the academic kids and the 50% who fail. It’s very clear to see – it’s fact. We’re not doing enough for those who fail; they need a more physical, tactile approach, involving people skills, team-building, problem-solving, building things.
Of all the American educational system's problems, none

Of all the American educational system‘s problems, none is more severe than the academic year beginning before Labor Day.
In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are; and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don’t cost much to be housed.
I’d finished a dissertation, writing about how international humanitarian organizations worked with kids in war zones and then I made this transition from the academic world to officer candidate school and to the SEAL teams. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life.
This idea of feminism as a party to which only a select few people get to come – this is why so many women, particularly women of colour, feel alienated from mainstream western academic feminism. Because don’t we want it to be mainstream?
I tried being a mechanic and I tried catering, but I realized I had even less aptitude for semi-skilled labour than for academic work.
I didn’t come from any kind of academic background, but I lived in a college town and I knew people who weren’t without pretense. There was this idea in the town that if something was European it would be good.
I don’t approach anything I do like an academic. I’m not trained, and I work with intuition a great deal.
Many black youths are defying stereotypes, achieving good academic results, finding employment and contributing to their communities. But helping those who fall behind is not an exercise in political correctness, it is a precisely what a compassionate – and sensible – state should concern itself with.
Personally I discovered that you could go through the academy as a young scholar, come out, and almost immediately have an impact on the academic environment.
Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused.
Education never really interested me, to be fair. I mean, education does interest me, but academic school study is a different thing. I can’t quite grasp that.
Ed Speleers
I knew how to write like an academic, so I knew how to write academic papers and essays and things. But the things that are great for an essay are unbearable in narrative writing.
I’m quite unusual in directing terms: I’m a woman. I’m quite a girly girl. I was never academic.
Like every other self-respecting academic, I’m distrustful of self-help books.
The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower.
I think the tradition of well-written history hasn’t been squashed out of the academic world as much in Britain as it has in the United States.
Adam Hochschild
I’ve learned a lot on the fly, and I think, actually, my academic and management consulting background has enabled me to quickly pick up on a lot of disciplines.
Jorgen Vig Knudstorp
I’m an academic. I did my PhD in fluid dynamics and now I work at the University College London in an interdisciplinary department looking at patterns of human behaviour in urban settings.
There was loose talk of Enron management practices and reminders of a scandal at the University of Toronto, when a big donor corporation, Eli Lilly, was said to have vetoed the appointment of an academic who doubted the effectiveness of Prozac.
IBM isn’t investing billions of dollars every year into research and development – and winning more patents than our top 10 competitors combined for more than a decade – as an academic exercise. But research is now being driven much more by what people need rather than just by what is possible.
Samuel J. Palmisano
Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom.
I grew up in Adelaide, Australia. No one in my family had finished high school, and I was smart at mathematics, so I became an academic and got my Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford. I didn’t set out to be a businessperson.
In ‘Pictures from an Institution,’ Randall Jarrell was able to transcend the academic novel by simply ignoring it, writing a comedy with no plot at all beyond his own pleasure in language and humanity itself.
I wasn’t an academic. I hated maths and science at school. I couldn’t concentrate.
I kind of lost interest in school. I was never really that interested anyway. I was never academic. I didn’t really go to school as much as I should have.
Academic freedom is being lost by a great many people who dare to challenge Darwinism. That’s a terrifying situation. That’s contrary to the principles of science.
I attended Florida State University on an academic and leadership scholarship, changed my major from biology to broadcasting, and transferred to the University of South Carolina for my last two years.
I’m a very creative person, but that side of me was suppressed because I was academic. I was depressed at school, and I didn’t know why.
If you don’t have an academic brain, if you are not interested in maths or science, you are treated as a second-class citizen.
There are some stunning visual moments in ‘Arrival‘ that are out of this world, but it’s all on the earth, and it’s about an academic, a woman that is dealing with a personal tragedy, but there’s a circular view of time that makes things more complicated.
My elder brother and sister were both sporty and academic, and I think, subconsciously, I knew I couldn’t go down that avenue.
Once you start worrying about a national football champ

Once you start worrying about a national football championship, then you begin to worry about getting the quality of athlete, and the numbers needed, to win a national championship. And that worry leads to pressure to compromise academic standards to admit those athletes.
I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
Al McGuire
States are free to modify the Common Core State Standards or adopt their own individual standards, because academic standards are the prerogative of the states.
I have a passion for academic life, a passion for students and for the ability and the narrative of a university to make a difference in the world in which they reside.
Rand Paul comes off like an academic stiff who wants to give us a lecture on American civics.
There are serious and legitimate concerns about academic espionage at our universities.
I don’t know if 1300 players could really participate in the selection of a commissioner, and I’ve never given it a great deal of thought. I think it’s a logical point they could make, but it’s only an academic one.
Pete Rozelle
I look at my own party, and I see that we’ve taken this technocratic, academic, elitist liberal class philosophy as far as it can go, and we got our butts kicked – and I don’t know what else to do other than get involved myself.
I don’t thrive in a school or academic environment, I found out. I thrive better in the world outside the small academy because I find it hard to explain what I’m doing.
In Berkley, they have academic studies on all genres of music including rock and jazz, but in India, we don’t have serious academic research and studies on film music; it is such an interesting area of study.
This possibility bothered me as I thought it was not advisable to remain in one academic environment, and the long dark winters in Edinburgh could be rather dismal.
My first experiences of academic friendship made me smile in after years when I looked back on them. But my circle of acquaintances had gradually grown so large that it was only natural new friendships should grow out of it.
I did hardly any academic work. I learnt a fair amount, though.
Sports will equip kids with the necessary tools to face academic challenges, and provide all-round development.
I’m actually – believe it or not, for an academic – an aural learner.
While some of the critics are voicing legitimate concerns about the merits of a system of academic benchmarks, Common Core is frequently a straw man for the frustrations conservatives have with the federal government.
What saved me from total academic failure and overwhelming ennui, was my love of libraries and all they encompass.
My sisters were very successful and confident. It was, ‘Oh, you are Pippa’s brother! Are you Catherine’s brother?’ And so I was automatically put into the top sports teams and academic sets.
Great research universities must insist on independence from government and on the exercise of academic freedom.
I couldn’t find a way to write music with numbers and rules and schedules. So I tried to forget the academic idea of music and started to see if it was possible to do creative work, taking in all the influences I wanted to keep.
I wasn’t an extroverted kid. I was very academic and very introverted.
The information you get from social media is not a substitute for academic discipline at all.
I’m generalizing wildly, but academic books find safety in explanations that reduce the chaos of social life.
I’m really familiar with what Cardboard‘s doing; it’s not a novel concept. Cardboard is in many ways a direct ripoff of FOV2GO, a project I helped work on when I was at ICT, and it was fairly well known in the academic VR community.
There is nothing terribly difficult in the Bible – at least in a technical way. The Bible is written in street language, common language. Most of it was oral and spoken to illiterate people. They were the first ones to receive it. So when we make everything academic, we lose something.
I was talking to my dad, who’s a neurosurgeon. He had this academic paper he wanted to publish. Journals take about 18 months to publish a paper, and he just wanted to get things up there.
So much about big-time college sports is criticized. But the worst scandal is almost never mentioned: the academic fraud wherein the student-athletes, so-called, are admitted without even remotely adequate credentials and then aren’t educated so much as they are just kept eligible.
A distinction between renewable and not renewable energy is academic.
Carlo Rubbia
It’s not proper for a professor to go before a class and promote one party or another. That’s not academic scholarship.
Juan Cole
When the opportunity came up to do social justice work for the New School in an academic setting, and still be able to support the mayor and be part of the de Blasio family, it was kind of a no-brainer for me.
Some of my academic friends think I’ve fallen from a very special grace.
Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in aca

Postmodernism is an academic theory, originating in academia with an academic elite, not in the world of women and men, where feminist theory is rooted.
Catharine MacKinnon
We are not training crafts people as we used to do. We’re not giving people the chance to learn. Education has become very academic. There’s nothing wrong with academic for some people, but not all.
A core plank of left-wing academic thought is that gender and race are ‘socially constructed.’
But I would much prefer students going to college to learn and be prepared for the rigors of the new economic order, rather than dumping fees on them to subsidize football programs that, far from enhancing the academic mission instead make a mockery of it.
I think of myself as a writer as much as I think of myself as a linguist and an academic. I really enjoy writing – playing with language and getting just the right metaphor.
While the most disadvantaged students – most often poor students of color – receive the most considerable academic benefits from attending diverse schools, research demonstrates that young people in general, regardless of their background, experience profound benefits from attending integrated schools.
I come from an academic background, and I have a genuine interest in social change.
I don’t see why a book shouldn’t be intellectually sound, entertaining, and fun to read. Historians who write academic history, which is unreadable, are basically wasting their time.
It’s probably indicative that I was destined for an academic career that I’m 6-5 and I lost the slam-dunk championship to somebody 5-8. I was a lot better at math.
Peter Blair Henry
I became an academic so that I could share my knowledge and experience with students.
Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy.
Natalie Babbitt
Bastions of free-flowing discussion with civil exchange are the academic ideal. But during my time in academia, it became increasingly clear that prisons of political correctness with peer-engendered public shaming are now the academic reality.
Basically, I come to Washington a couple of times a year, sort of on a strictly business basis: talk to my counterparts at the Federal Trade Commission, of the DOJ, give an occasional talk, very often in a lawyer or academic environment.
There’s nothing more distasteful than an academic having to, like, trot out his credentials. You really come off as a jerk when you do that.
In terms of individuals who actually inspired me, very few of the academic people that I had access to had that power over me. Maybe it’s simply because I wasn’t that committed to geometry.
Traditional academic science describes human beings as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines. We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs.
I had an interest in health policy and a realization that, as an academic physician, one of the things you’re always looking to do is to have your clinical interests and your scholarly interests overlap and reinforce one another.
Becoming a model was very counter-culture for my background, which is hyper-liberal, academic and feminist.
The creators of Wonder Woman had no interest in proving an actual link to the past. In some parts of the academic world, however, the historical existence of the Amazons, or any matriarchal society, has long been a raging issue.
Love of learning led to monasteries, which became the cradle of academic guilds.
Even academic elites are drawn to the figure of the murderer, which has long been a focus of attention for psychiatrists, sociologists, and criminologists.
I read a lot growing up. It was kind of my comfort, you know; I loved it. I love story. I love narrative. I was academic. I wasn’t particularly athletic. I didn’t make the drill team. I didn’t go out for sports.
Every time I’ve had to do journalistic investigations, I’ve cursed, but later I discovered that it had helped me enormously with writing fiction. It’s the one thing that can save me from becoming an academic writer.
Academic and aristocratic people live in such an uncommon atmosphere that common sense can rarely reach them.
When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa, in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was, biology and anthropology. I was around 16 years old when I made this particular choice of academic pursuit.
In a way, it has been an advantage for me to be a woman because there is always some academic committee that needs you to fill a quota!
Esther Duflo
Simplicity, for reasons that are a little bit obscure, is almost not pursued, at least in the academic world.
George M. Whitesides
I’m very competitive and academic.
Just as an individual’s ability to delay gratification at a young age is a powerful predictor of future academic and professional achievement, discipline is also central to the long-run economic health of nations.
Peter Blair Henry
Though I have friends aplenty in academia, I don’t operate within the academic system myself.
Investments, for example, in early childhood and in our children return enormous dividends in terms of their own academic success, reduced cost in the health-care system, productivity and growth in the future.
An arts education helps build academic skills and incre

An arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently.
I am joining the government not from the academic position but from St. Petersburg city council.
I was so naive about writing, I went to the public library and checked out the only volume they had on the topic – an academic treatise about publishing from the WWII era.
As I got into middle school, I was really an outcast. But everybody was an outcast in middle school. I don’t know who got the idea to put all kids going through puberty together in a school and give them academic elitism and competition and pit them against each other.
It was always academic first, and I always put school work before football – although I did put a lot into football!
Creating whole departments of ethnic, gender, and other ‘studies’ was part of the price of academic peace. All too often, these ‘studies’ are about propaganda rather than serious education.
My parents both work in publishing, and I was a bright, academic kind of kid, and I read a lot of books, and when you read a lot, I guess the muscle that gets exercised is where you can hear the voices in your head. You can turn words into pictures and into sounds and into colours and smells.
Harry Lloyd
I contracted malaria while working in the field. That was the impetus for me to pursue a doctorate in community health. As a young academic, I investigated the patterns of malaria’s spread and the potential measures we could employ to control it.
With my first few books, I was aiming at an academic audience, basically, to get tenure. You can presuppose a certain amount of knowledge; you can expect that there is this common background.
So, we should work on imparting quality education and make our children responsible citizens. For that, we should also come forward and do our bit. So I want to open an academic institute for the underprivileged children, where they can acquire knowledge and become responsible citizens.
I played volleyball for Brown University and loved playing there. I played all four years and was captain my senior year. Second team all-Ivy, academic all-Ivy. I really loved it. When I was graduated, I figured that was it.
I don’t believe in firing professors. They have academic freedom.
An academic is what I would have been if I hadn’t been successful as a comedian. I’ve never had a proper job.
My dad emphasized athletics. My mom did as well, but my mom was really hard on the academic end of things and always stressed, ‘Hey, you’ve got to have the grades, you’ve got to be prepared for life outside of sports.’
I was always more of an academic than a jock.
Careers in virtually all academic disciplines are fostered by being a superstar who knows more about one subject than anyone else in the world.
The research side of academic life is often viewed from the outside as a solo and, at times, lonely activity. In fact, it is quite the opposite: a communal activity in significant part where interaction and interchange generate ideas and critiques of them.
I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life – without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it.
Cheryl Mendelson
As we’ve grown our family, that’s really when I’ve started to develop a real, true appreciation of my own faith and not just the academic.
Though knowledge itself increasingly ignores boundaries between fields, professors are apt to organize their pedagogy around the methods and history of their academic subculture rather than some coherent topic in the world.
The academic Left has a long history of taking the idea of ‘false consciousnessseriously.
I’ve always had an interest in complicating the way that we perceive the black character, whether it’s the black academic or scholar or activist or black intellectual.
No one ever sees the sleepless nights, the years of studying and 14-hour days earning your dues. I spent three years isolated in an academic environment to be the best actor I could.
A preoccupation with theory has been a defensive response by academic biographers in this country, I submit, to the condescension of traditional humanists and social scientists pervading higher education for many years.
The job in Wisconsin was the first genuine offer of an academic job in a university which I received.
Stephen Cole Kleene
I was quite academic, quite geeky when I was a kid. I was more interested in going to school than I was in becoming a film star or something.
I tried to oppose the academic to the marketplace.
Ad Reinhardt
I read academic books on courtesan culture at the turn-of-the century in Shanghai such as Gail Hershatter’s ‘The Gender of Memory‘. The diaries were mostly in the form of letters from courtesans to a lover who had disappeared or taken their savings.
The eighteenth century discovery that, in an institutional framework that facilitates voluntary exchanges among individuals, this process generates results that might be evaluated positively, produced ‘economics,’ as an independent academic discipline or science.
James M. Buchanan
For quite a while, I didn’t receive a higher academic status. I didn’t feel any discrimination against me as a woman scientist, but I hadn’t produced a lot of science journal articles.
When I was 24, I went back to the academic life and did a degree in film and television at Brunel University.
England was a delightful and stimulating place for a yo

England was a delightful and stimulating place for a young academic, although by present standards, the laboratory facilities were primitive. There were almost no research grants and no secretarial assistance, even for Sherrington.
John Eccles
I was interested in implements of mass destruction – from an academic point of view.
Dan Farmer
I come from an academic background. I wasn’t raised to be into promoting myself.
Michael Heizer
There is much more to schools than buildings. There are academic activities, how it reaches the community and its proximity to other programs.
John Warner
More than anything, acting was more like a confidence thing. I love words – I love English – but I don’t have a hugely academic brain, so I enjoyed it because it was a bit of a respite. I don’t think I really had a sense I would actually be a musician or an actor; I just wanted to be around that.
The onslaught of new and complex information, the academic and thinktank cults of expertise, not to mention the impossibility of bohemia in the age of high rents, have conspired to assassinate the public intellectual.
My parents are two academics that came to Canada to pursue academic opportunities.
Academic writing is such a different way of writing.
These days, there are times when my academic thinking intervenes in my writing, but it’s usually while I’m developing a project and not while I’m writing it.
In the 1970s, family history wasn’t yet thought of a serious field for study. I was terrified of being laughed at by other historians. I called my book ‘The Social Origins of Private Life.’ It should have been ‘As Pompous as You Want to Be.’ Every sentence was academic jargon, and if I said X, I qualified it with Y.
Health is both the foundation of my academic and professional careers and a personal passion. I know first-hand the important role health security plays in protecting lives and preventing the spread of disease.
American universities have never considered academic merit the sole criterion for admittance.
Choosing my career was always based on job satisfaction rather than financial security. I wanted to get a job in science; I enjoyed being a surgeon and I now enjoy being an academic and having a media career.
I don’t have an MBA, and I didn’t go to Yale. I’m not an academic person and wasn’t a good student. Instead, I’ve been taught by some of the most inspiring people in the world.
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
Coming out as an atheist can cost an academic his or her job in some parts of America, and many choose to keep quiet about their atheism.
I had this habit of an academic of answering the question. I should have fobbed it off.
John Hewson
If history, philosophy and so on vanish from academic life, what they leave in their wake may be a technical training facility or corporate research institute. But it will not be a university in the classical sense of the term, and it would be deceptive to call it one.
Medicine, anything academic, is a very Persian Iranian route to take in life, in one’s career.
In the United States, one of the main topics of academic political science is the study of attitudes and policy and their correlation. The study of attitudes is reasonably easy in the United States: heavily-polled society, pretty serious and accurate polls, and policy you can see, and you can compare them.
As an academic, I value the free exchange of ideas.
My mom and dad put my brother and sister through university and they were very keen for us to have an academic background just to give us a chance.
Berklee played a huge role in shaping my music. On an academic level, I learned a lot about vocal technique and culture. Since my major was Music Production and Engineering, I got a good handle on the technical and creative aspects of making a record.
By that time I was hooked on a career in academic research instead of one in the pharmaceutical industry that I had originally considered in deciding to get a PhD.
Paul Berg
My time at Barnard was fun but stressful. I transferred there from the acting conservatory at NYU, and my Rolling Around On the Floor Pretending to Be a Lion classes didn’t translate into many academic credits.
The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all.
Gavin Bryars
The advice I would give to girls from Eastern backgrounds who are interested in the arts is that it is always beneficial to get your academic studies out of the way before going into the competitive world of the arts.
Writer’s block has probably existed since the invention of writing, but the term itself was first introduced into the academic literature in the nineteen-forties, by a psychiatrist named Edmund Bergler.
High school is already an academic and social pressure cooker, and the forces that make it stressful are amplified for queer students.
I set realistic goals consistent with my talents. I never, for instance, wanted to sit on an appellate court. I’m not an academic. Truth be told, I hate to do research. I have a practical mind, and I was well suited for the trial court bench, not the appellate.
I feel lucky because I was a nerd, which I talk about in the book, but I had academic success, so through that, because that’s what my parents put a great deal of value on, I had a great childhood because I sort of fulfilled the expectations of being good at school.
To the extent that tenure supports academic freedom, I

To the extent that tenure supports academic freedom, I support tenure. I want no person or system to have any power, real or apparent, to chill academic freedom.
James E. Rogers
For any young people looking for job opportunities, good grades and academic results are important, but what is more important may be showing you are someone who has the drive and capability and can fit in the company culture.
I kind of got more interested in writing after I turned in my last college essay and nobody was going to tell me what kind of academic papers to write anymore. I could write whatever I wanted, and I realized that I actually liked it when I could choose what I would write.
Dan Millman
I went to Catholic school throughout my whole academic life. In fact, my children – my husband and I and our children in my own family now have over 100 years of Catholic education among us.
For me, living a balanced life means nurturing the academic, physical, and spiritual aspects of my life so I can maintain a sense of well-being and self-esteem.
I trained in medicine after pursuing an academic career in the humanities, mainly because of my interest in the relationship between mind and body, and between mind and brain.
Iain McGilchrist
My interests were more extracurricular, more external, and more social than they were academic. My birthday is also in December, so I was one of the older kids. That meant I learned social leadership early on. I was always just much better in a team and work environment than I was in a classroom environment.
One thing I got from my parents was that they talked about politics all the time. They weren’t educated or academic but they were interesting about and interested in the world.
There should be more interaction and more confidence building between our various academic institutions just like how there needs to be a confidence building between industry and academics.
Pallam Raju
If someone chooses a vocational route, why do they not get the same respect in society as someone who just does a pure academic route?
My eldest sister Beth is a doctor who studied at Harvard and Columbia and played basketball for Harvard. She set the athletic and academic standard for the rest of us to follow.
I was a dramatic kid. I was always like, ‘Watch me put on my play, Mom and Dad! You have to watch me put on all these outfits and do this play!’ But my family is very academic and straightforward and normal Midwestern people, so the idea that I could act as an actual job wasn’t really there.
Entrepreneurship can be taught to people with average academic abilities – the proof of that is everywhere you look.
I knew I didn’t want to pursue an academic career at all, which, of course, my father would have loved me to have done. I didn’t want to go to university. The only other thing I could do was paint, and so I went to art school because they couldn’t conceive of how one would be an actor.
I like roles that are on the extreme ends of the spectrum, and there’s special appeal in exploring these slightly forgotten plays that people might think of as subjects for academic term papers instead of live theater.
With my academic achievement in high school, I was accepted rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale, but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates. And that’s been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that.
The Carnegie Foundation is well aware of the fact that their reports frequently find their way to dusty archives in academic institutions, but occasionally people pick up a segment of a report and act upon it.
C. Everett Koop
I am a story-teller, and I look to academic research… for ways of augmenting story-telling.
I was never particularly academic, so it was no great surprise when I failed my 11-plus and consequently went to Wibsey Secondary Modern. I did all right in English, history and music, which were the subjects that most interested me.
Kiki Dee
We academics – I am an academic – we love complexity. You can write papers about complexity, and the nice thing about complexity is it’s fundamentally intractable in many ways, so you’re not responsible for outcomes.
George M. Whitesides
Biden’s first failed run for the presidency was ended by his dishonesty over his academic record and his plagiarism, including the biography and speeches of British Labor politician Neil Kinnock.
In fact, there is an academic blackout about the atrocities perpetrated in the name of communism and socialism.
IQ is a very important predictor, not just of academic success, but of economic success.
Climate change – for so long an abstract concern for an academic few – is no longer so abstract. Even the Bush administration‘s Climate Change Science Programme reports ‘clear evidence of human influences on the climate system.’
The benefits of growth have not trickled down. Income inequalities have become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting growing attention not only in academic literature but also among policymakers globally.
Men do really dumb things. We see weapons of mass destruction where there are none. We over-emphasize sports. We place athletic achievement ahead of academic achievement. We spoil and pamper child athletes and then complain when they act spoiled and pampered as adults.
What is the role of an academic – no matter what they’re teaching – within political debate? It has to be that they make issues more complicated. The role of the academic is to make everything less simple.
I am an academic, and I have always made it clear that my ultimate home is in the realm of ideas.
There was little in my early life to indicate that an interest in biology would become the passion of my academic career. In fact, there was little to suggest I would have an academic career.
The acceptance of the facts of African-American history and the African-American historian as a legitimate part of the academic community did not come easily. Slavery ended and left its false images of black people intact.
Just so people know, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music is not at all about celebrity or fame or being a star. It’s an academic music school.
I just wasn't academic. I wanted to be in the real worl

I just wasn’t academic. I wanted to be in the real world.
Integrated schools help students achieve academic success in the present and personal success in the future.
If the academic community gets its way, we will soon all be speaking with a single voice.
My lab and academic work fill my day from about 9 am to 7 p.m. Then I zoom out the lens to work on my other writing.
David Eagleman
I didn’t do so well in the academic world, so I think the only way I could express myself was through visual art – anything I could get my hands on, whether it was glassblowing, sculpture, painting, or photography. I always wanted to be a painter. Or a farmer.
Steven Klein
I have to keep up with the scientific literature as part of my job, but increasingly I found myself reading things that weren’t really relevant to my academic work, but were relevant to gardening.
Ken Thompson
My sister, Kelly, was really bright and academic. She was head girl of the school and at the top of her year. Because we were so different, we were never in competition. You can’t be when you’re almost running two different races.
It’s important to acknowledge the danger when we provide an academic venue for racism. It’s interesting to hear people push the, quote, ‘free speech’ narrative in this way. They deny the speech of the people who disagree.
I married a university professor, raised a son, and worked as an academic librarian. My husband and I moved to the Ozarks, bought a farm, and started a commercial beekeeping business. And divorced.
I have an agent, John Brockman, who is an agent to many academic authors like Dan Gilbert and Steven Pinker, and he’s very good at conning academics into writing books. He pulled this trick on me.
When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed – from song lyric to tragic speech – must make its point, as it were, without reference back.
My tryst with theatre began in 1968, after the last day of school in that academic year.
Nobody wants to be a lawyer – it’s hard work. But it was kind of my academic route.
When I was an academic, I’d sometimes get a little feeling of excitement when I had an idea that was, I hoped, fresh. And whether anyone should act on that idea is a very different question.
For me it’s the high-water mark of American culture – not so much contemporary jazz, which has become kind of academic, but the jazz from the ’20s on through the ’70s.
Public universities play a major role in their local communities, serving a variety of needs in addition to their traditional academic roles.
I was like, ‘I’m an academic!’ I’m not at all. It turns out I’m not great at that.
Maybe I was accepted to Harvard only because of my tennis skills, since I definitively had no great academic achievements. I was 17 and only thought about surfing and playing tennis. I had almost never left Rio de Janeiro and had never been to the United States.
Jorge Paulo Lemann
‘Vicky Donor’ is now seen as a case study and the intelligentsias are looking at it from a strong academic point of view. I keep getting calls from medical practitioners who constantly thank me for making this film.
As an academic, a great deal of my time is spent writing, with very little in meetings. In government, the premium is placed on figuring things out through discussing them with other people.
A large and growing body of academic research suggests there are market anomalies that can be exploited to beat a strict index approach. Some of that research has been recognized with Nobels in economic science – William F. Sharpe in 1990 and Eugene F. Fama in 2013.
My mother wanted me to be a teacher. She had this vision of me walking across the quadrangle in an Oxford college wearing my academic gown.
I went to Bard College, which was a really interesting synthesis of a hippie school and a serious academic institution. It was really the perfect spot for me.
Parents and teachers alike are alarmed by this top-down approach to education that wrongly ties education money for states to the adoption of academic standards that do not fully reflect the values of South Carolina.
In fact I was slightly badly behaved at school and got in trouble. I would get a bee in my bonnet about something I thought wasn’t right, and I would ape about too, to make everybody laugh. That was my way through my girls’ school, because I wasn’t very academic.
I alienated myself from the academic world almost entirely because it’s a left-wing world.
All I can really remember doing was listening to the radio and listening to records when I was at school. I wasn’t very academic, and I certainly wasn’t a very good student.
Not many venture firms have people whose job is to read academic research – on startups, ventures, and entrepreneurs – and gather knowledge from that.
I did not learn the flaws of the criminal-justice system in law school or college or by reading about it. I grew up knowing the flaws and how it was disproportionately impacting the black community. It’s not academic for me.
I grew up idolising Madhuri Dixit, though I wasn’t a Hindi film buff. I had an academic upbringing, and movies were a rarity. I looked up to Madhuri because I loved dancing, and she’s a fantastic dancer.
I’m instinctively cautious because I’m an academic.
I didn't have a normal academic career. I never studied

I didn’t have a normal academic career. I never studied cinema. I learned from life.
But the vast majority of books ever written are not accessible to anyone except the most tenacious researchers at premier academic libraries. Books written after 1923 quickly disappear into a literary black hole.
I want to prove you don’t need to have academic syntax to be intelligent.
I don’t think academic writing ever was wonderful. However, science used to be much less specialized.
Im good at getting information and synthesizing it. Its not that I doubt myself on that. Its, do you have the Ph.D. first-class brain or do you have the really good second-class brain? Because I came from a very academic culture, I always slightly felt I wasnt in the very top group.
At the end of the day, I’m a very boring academic, bogged down with academia and structure and delivering an education.
I saw leaving college as an opportunity to do something different with my life. I always thought that becoming an academic was going to be my path.
I knew I’d always be a second-rate academic, and I thought, ‘Well, I’d rather be a second-rate novelist or even a third-rate one’.
You can get on with your job. I’m going to get on with mine. And mine is to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland, that’s what they expect from me and I’m not going to be deflected by interesting academic or media speculation or attempts to take the whole debate back.
Peter Hain
Basically, I was always very interested in comedy, but I was much more sort of academic. And then, after college, loaded with my art history degree, I decided to go work at Comedy Central as a temp.
Jessi Klein
I went to a strict elementary school with nuns, and uniforms that I’m pretty sure were made out of sandpaper. It was an academic, sports-oriented place. I liked to read, and wanted to act, and didn’t try out for volleyball. I was weird. The other girls would dip my hair in ink and stuff.
My daughter is on academic scholarship at the University of Central Florida. I feel so blessed.
I’d like to be an academic, a philosophy lecturer if possible. I’d do a Masters in Ancient Hebrew maybe, and a Ph.D. hopefully, if I get in.
Jack Gleeson
Though you’d never know it from reading the academic literature, some people in minority communities even see prison as potentially positive for individuals as well as for communities.
I don’t measure people by whether they agree with me or not. I measure them by their sincerity. Sincerity, with as much reality as you can get. Sincerity with toughness, experience, and understanding of the issue – real understanding, not just academic and intellectual understanding. That takes some courage.
If people are taught wrong, raised wrong, or haven‘t taken the Bible seriously enough, then they can go into academic error, emotional error, psychological error.
At that time, the academic orientation was rather technical contrary to that of the university, where art theory is very important. The teachers were renowned artists and among the best of that time.
Ralph Allen
Politicians are at a great distance from the academic world. Barack Obama was my colleague at Chicago – but could i ever talk to him now? Never.
From B.A. to M.A. and on to Ph.D., my academic career was all smooth sailing. Upon receiving my degrees, I stayed on to teach at Beijing Normal University.
My academic schedule is lighter this year because it’s an Olympic year.
I’m an academic. I argue; I engage with people.
We’re now at this place where we can make the evolution of academic content match the evolution of the world.
My parents are wonderful, practical, sensible people, and the expectation was that I would study something academic.
The truth is, for many young people, the changing schools or starting a new academic year is really difficult to deal with.
I certainly never intended for myself an academic career and, were the academy to suffer, I’d just go do something else. I don’t have a commitment to it or to really, frankly, almost any institution that assumes that it has to be stable forever.
There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
Realism hasn’t fallen out of favor with most people, who are interested in people’s lives rather than gymnastics of style or literary trends. It’s a certain kind of academic who undervalues realism, largely because it is not amenable to endless exegesis.
I find the history of toys very interesting on an academic level – they’re very much products of their time, just like paintings and furniture tell us about their time.
If I was writing about an academic or a more difficult person, I would use the Latinate vocabulary more, but I do think Anglo-saxon is the language of emotion.
Children who open their lunchboxes and find mothers‘ handwritten notes telling them how amazingly bright they are tend to falter when they encounter academic difficulties.
Coaches have got to be given rank within the university so that you can’t fire a coach unless you go through an academic committee, just as you would with a professor. If coaches are to have any stability and security, they need to be treated like an English professor.
There's only so much academic disruption that a young c

There’s only so much academic disruption that a young child can deal with before he just can’t catch up.
I’m not an academic type in term of personality. I had my share of madness as a teenager.
I can assure everyone that there is no academic fraud as it relates to my college transcript. I took every course with qualified members of the UNC faculty and I earned every grade whether it was good or bad.
I want to inspire Asian kids to become more artistic and creative rather than feeling that they have to be academic or whatever.
There are two types of collector, I think. There are those who are quite academic, and get into the archaeology of finding the earliest example of a particular idea. Then there are those interested in what’s new.
Adam Clayton
Academic success depends on research and publications.
I just look back at my time in college and think about how much my community activism and my work in neighborhoods really informed my actual academic career and beyond… It can provide a way better learning than the traditional classroom setting.
I never planned my career in the film industry, in acting. Yes, I always liked acting, but never ever I thought it would be my profession. I wanted to study, since my family has an academic background.
The PhD system is the real root of the evil of academic snobbery. People who have PhDs consider themselves a priesthood, and inventors generally don’t have PhDs.
When I began, poetry was very academic. You published little pamphlets from fancy presses. It was rather… chaste. There wasn’t much public reading. Then there was poetry and jazz, which I don’t think worked, though I love jazz.
John Fuller
I hope telling stories though ‘Making a Difference’ – as in my academic work and nonprofit work – will help me to live my grandmother‘s adage of ‘Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.’
War is not an academic exercise.
I don’t know if I ever entertained an academic career, nor did I ever think I’d become a feature film-maker in the market.
It is no accident that the place that lends itself to creating conflicts between the dominant order of thought and people who want to speak their minds freely is the college campus, where conservatives feel outnumbered and crushed by a system of higher education that believes in academic freedom for me, not for thee.
In academic life, false ideas are merely false, and useless ones can be fun to play with.
My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
There’s an academic tradition called the ‘Last Lecture.’ Hypothetically, if you knew you were going to die and you had one last lecture, what would you say to your students? Well, for me, there’s an elephant in the room. And the elephant in the room, for me, it wasn’t hypothetical.
Across a wide body of academic and empirical evidence, there is no evidence of a significant impact of capital gains rates on the level of long-term investment in the economy.
I was born to a Nigerian dad and a Kenyan mom, and coming to the States was really academic.
Dayo Okeniyi
I spent my thirties living out of boxes and moving every six months to a year. It was my cloud period: I just wandered like a cloud for ten years, following the food supply. I was a hunter, gatherer, an academic migrant.
There was a time when craft used to mean anything but the considered, stylish or academic. It was a term of derision. The ‘craft fair’ on the village green was to be avoided.
Academia is a rarified culture, especially an Ivy League academic background.
In common with many others in the varied branches of our profession, my academic education is subnormal.
I’ve always been more of a nerdy, academic type. I loved ‘Star Warsgrowing up. I have three older brothers, so they were a big influence on me. We loved ‘Danger Mouse,’ and we love ‘Monty Python‘. We loved any kind of British comedy and ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and all of that stuff.
Throughout my college years, I’d watch my sister squeal every Christmas as she unwrapped another ‘Buffy’ DVD set. I didn’t know much about the series, but I was filled with that obnoxious self-importance that comes from having decided to be an Academic Who Reads Serious Things.
I’ve read enough dreary campus novels to know more than I ever wanted to about the punctured Oxbridge academic psyche, and feel as if I’ve been through a mid-life crisis dozens of times, purely because I’ve foolishly grabbed a paperback by an author I’ve vaguely heard of.
I no longer have the terrible nightmares that I used to have. Mao had just died in 1976, and China began to open up. For the first time scholarships to go to the West to study were awarded on academic merit.
Jung Chang
Israeli teachers are not required to hold an academic degree, and their salaries are the lowest in the Western world.
Mary Jo and I have three teenagers who are in their last years at home. In addition, I was just offered and accepted a position with Williams College as a visiting lecturer on leadership beginning in February 2017, and anticipate accepting other academic positions shortly.
I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.
Doctoral training is devoted almost entirely to learning to do research, even though most Ph.Ds who enter academic life spend far more time teaching than they do conducting experiments or writing books.
I would not want to leave the impression that I would g

I would not want to leave the impression that I would give some precedents more weight than others because of some sort of academic disagreement.
Amy Coney Barrett
The film culture has no room for ideas. The literary culture has some room, but not less than they should, and the academic culture has a lot, but there’s no way to communicate it in a wide way.
I was pretty dead set against ever writing an academic novel. It’s always been my view that there are already more than enough academic novels and that most of them aren’t any good. Most of them are self-conscious and bitter, the work of people who want to settle grudges.
While academic abilities remain integral, it is the work ethics that form the soul of the business.
We have seen an unprecedented dispersion of authority, such that ‘a person like you’ is now one of the most credible spokespersons on business, along with technical and academic experts.
Writing on the blog, you want to get attention and make strong claims. In academic work, that often doesn’t pay, so sometimes it’s a little bit difficult going back and forth to navigate these differences.
Writing fueled me, and my task was to make it fit into my life. I practiced my trade as an attorney, and on weekends and holidays, I typed away. I assumed a nom de plume, Selena Montgomery, to separate my fiction from more academic publications.
My father, because he was an academic, he did not shy away from meeting with academics who focused on political science, sociology, he actively embrace that and he didn’t shy away from meeting with lawyers.
In preparation for a career in academic medicine, I worked as a medical house officer at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital from 1966 to 1968 and then joined Ira Pastan’s laboratory at the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical Associate.
I haven’t been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.
Academic scientists aren’t generally interested in books for the public. So when one comes out, the authors can’t expect much praise from scientists. My goal both as a singer and an instructor is to educate through provocation and entertainment.
I had to make a choice – recede into the academic world, or wade into politics.
When I was confronted with official tuition, the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever between that and the music I’d been writing since I was 11.
Harrison Birtwistle
Plagiarism is one of the great academic sins. It has the power to destroy a scholar or writer and turn a lifetime‘s work to dust.
I come out of an academic background, and I’m aware that what I’m doing is simultaneously research and fiction. I want to meet both those obligations.
We should be cautious about embracing data before it is published in the academic press, and must always avoid treating correlation as causation.
I believe that Harvard can have, and must have, a strong affirmative action program that reflects our commitment to equal opportunity while fully respecting the academic standards of the University.
After I graduated, I carried on with my academic work, via grants but I often had a market stall on Camden Market selling hand-painted silk to make some cash.
There were only 170 neurologists in Britain then and, whether spoken or unspoken, there was this insidious feeling. How can Bannister, a mere athlete, probably spoilt by all the publicity and fame, dare aspire to neurology? But I’d done a lot of research, and my academic record was very good.
The greatest sin of the academic left is that it has become fundamentally aristocratic, writing in bizarre jargon that makes cliches seem abstruse. If you can’t explain your ideal to a fairly intelligent 12-year-old, it’s probably your own fault.
My mother never asked me whether I wanted to go to college, but told me I was going – to the University of Maryland on an academic scholarship.
I was writing from a very, very early age. My father used to write. He died early, and my mother was a schoolteacher, so my academic background from childhood is a strong one, a good one.
The field of ‘economics and organization’ is still young and needs support. I have been a chaired professor much of my academic life and know that such chairs are important for recruiting and retaining faculty.
Oliver E. Williamson
Acting is a lot of waiting to be picked, and I like to do a lot of things at once. I think I will have to find things that are totally mine. I have so much comfort that school and my academic life are totally mine. I hope that there’s not a lot of idleness in my future.
In the traditional academic literature, secrecy is thought of as a set of bureaucratic operationshiding files and hiding information, that sort of thing.
The Chinese government has been clear in its goal and purpose for creating and expanding Confucius Institutes throughout the country, namely to distort academic discourse on China, threaten and silence defenders of human rights, and create a climate intolerant of dissent or open discussion.
Measurement and categorization are, of course, fundamental to any scientific endeavor, but the implications of being able to identify psychopaths are as much practical as academic. To put it simply, if we can’t spot them, we are doomed to be their victims, both as individuals and as a society.
Robert D. Hare
I didn’t even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford – apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn’t out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I’d left university.
Academic experts may not be good at doing what they are experts in themselves, but they are good at explaining the subject matter to others. They write books, teach courses and offer lessons and give steps others can follow.
There are those who would draw a sharp line between power politics and a principled foreign policy based on values. This polarized view – you are either a realist or devoted to norms and values – may be just fine in academic debate, but it is a disaster for American foreign policy. American values are universal.
If accessing the Internet becomes more difficult for low-income communities, academic and employment competition may be undermined, and could damage the prospects of upward mobility for low-income New Yorkers and further exacerbate income inequality.
Universities think people come up with great ideas by c

Universities think people come up with great ideas by closing the door. The academic tenure process, where you have to publish to journals which are very narrow, stands in the way of great research.
My academic specialization is Arab-Israel relations.
I do belong to the club which doesn’t see a distinction between academic history and popular history.
I wasn’t very academic at school, but the Wolsey Youth Theatre was the saving of me.
I’m not massively academic. I’m a commonsense person.
As an urban school superintendent, I learned that hiring, training, and investing in professionals to support our children’s social and emotional development, meeting academic expectations for students with special needs, and finding more minutes of instruction in the week, not fewer, mattered.
Accepting money from the federal government to conduct research places academic inquiry in the service of national interests.
I always had a knack for improvisation. I can write down the notes I play, but never really had a proper academic musical background. I suppose I’m blessed and cursed by the fact I have that freedom.
I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing – without the traditional interruption of academic training.
Saul Steinberg
You could mention my name in any hallway in any academic institution and you would have people foaming at the mouth.
David Horowitz
The social science on the impact of desegregation is clear. Researchers have consistently found that students in integrated schools – irrespective of ethnicity, race, or social class – are more likely to make academic gains in mathematics, reading, and often science than they are in segregated ones.
I never thought I was academically gifted at school. But when I started flying, I found you didn’t need an academic mind – you just needed determination and dedication.
I’m a commercial person, not an academic.
Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I hadn’t become an actor. If perhaps I’d stayed on at university and become an academic.
I still feel threatened by academics, but my books have a lot of academic in-jokes and everybody assumes I went to university and studied English.
Jasper Fforde
I went to M.I.T. in the summer of 1951 as a ‘C.L.E. Moore Instructor.’ I had been an instructor at Princeton for one year after obtaining my degree in 1950. It seemed desirable more for personal and social reasons than academic ones to accept the higher-paying instructorship at M.I.T.
My father was an academic, an eccentric. He was a lecturer.
I’m not literary, and I’m not academic, and I don’t think like a poet, so my stuff will never be like that.
I came from an anxious, overly intense East Coast academic family. That was the way of our tribe.
When I was 13, I won a scholarship to boarding school. My parents let me choose whether to go, and I decided I wanted to. Afterwards, I went to Cambridge to study law – in a way, I was carrying the academic hopes of my family, as Mum and Dad left school at 14.
I went to a very academic school, but I never really quite… I think because not that many people were particular creative or arty, I felt a little bit different.
As every student in Philosophy 101 learns, nothing can force me to believe that anyone except me is conscious. This power to deny that other people have feelings is not just an academic exercise but an all-too-common vice, as we see in the long history of human cruelty.