University Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old university quotes, university sayings, and university proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


That's what university life is all about. Challenging, questioning, enjoying good people and good friends, and pushing yourself to the limit.     

David Robinson

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.     

Theodore Roosevelt

The University brings out all abilities, including incapability.     

Anton Chekhov

A truly great university is a nucleus of artistic expression. It fosters creative, critical thought, and serves as a platform for civil discourse.     

Gordon Gee

The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.     

Alfred North Whitehead

The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge.     

Thomas Huxley

The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.     

Allan Bloom

It is the goal of the American university to be the brains of the republic.     

Johan Huizinga

The purpose of the university is to make students safe for ideas - not ideas safe for students.     

Clark Kerr

The university is our culture's assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.     

A. Bartlett Giamatti

University's like this little world, a bubble of time separate from everything before and everything after.     

Mhairi McFarlane

The privilege of a university education is a great one; the more widely it is extended the better for any country.     

Winston Churchill

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in the students.     

John Ciardi

The use of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible.     

Woodrow Wilson

It is not the task of the University to offer what society asks for, but to give what society needs.     

Edsger W. Dijkstra

The university is a series of individual entrepreneurs held together by a common grievance about parking.     

Clark Kerr

A university educates the intellect to reason well in all matters, to reach out towards truth, and to grasp it.     

John Henry Newman

The University conceives of itself as dedicated to the power of the intellect. Its commitment is to the way of reason.     

Edward Levi

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.     

Benjamin Disraeli

The true university of these days is a collection of books.     

Thomas Carlyle

A university is not a political party, and an education is not an indoctrination.     

David Horowitz

A university is supposed to be a place where all ideas are discussed.     

Jerry Falwell

When students get into a great university, it's a huge aspirational lift for their village. These students become beacons of hope.     

Roshni Nadar

In the modern university, no act of good teaching goes unpunished.     

Charlie Sykes

The best university is the university of life.     

Henrique Capriles Radonski

He who enters a university walks on hallowed ground.     

James Bryant Conant

The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent.     

Leon Eisenberg

A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library. The library is the university.     

Shelby Foote

The university has become a place that prepares you for the fights in the world.     

Henri Nouwen

University is the best couple of years of your life. Nowhere else can you drink and chase as many birds.     

Michael O'Leary