Quotation of the Week

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“Do not on any account attempt to write on both sides of the paper at once.” W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yeatman, 1066 and All That, 1930. Test paper 5. »

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“In examinations those who do not wish to know ask questions of those who cannot tell.” Walter Raleigh, Laughter from a Cloud, ‘Some thoughts on examinations’, 1923. »

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“Most people tire of a lecture in ten minutes; clever people can do it in five. Sensible people never go to lectures at all.” Stephen Leacock, My Discovery of England (1922) »

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“The state of resentful coma that… dons dignify by the name of research.” Harold Laski, letter to Oliver Wendell Holmes, 10 October 1922 »

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“[He] was about to open his lecture, when one of his students rose in his seat and asked a question. It is a practice… which, I need hardly say, we do not encourage; the young man, I believe, was a newcomer in the philosophy class.” Stephen Leacock, Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich, 1914. »

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Good gracious, you ‘ve got to educate him first.You can’t expect a boy to be vicious till he’s been to a good school. Saki, Reginald in Russia, 1910 »

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“No academic person is ever voted into the chair until he has reached an age at which he has forgotten the meaning of the word ‘irrelevant’ ” Francis M. Cornford, Microcosmographia Academica, 1908 »

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The clever men at Oxford Know all that there is to be knowed. But they none of them know one half as much As intelligent Mr Toad. (Keneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows, 1908) »

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“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” George ernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1903 »

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Today on BBC Radio Tom Butler, the Bishop of Southwark, conjugated the verb “I am principled”: I am principled You are stubborn They are bigoted I think that the above has immense historical value, especially if you are studying the History of Ideas. »

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