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Robert M. Hutchins, American Educator ( January 17, 1899 - May 17, 1977 )

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The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.~Robert M. Hutchins


Problems Sex Three

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.~Robert M. Hutchins


Death Democracy Slow

Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.~Robert M. Hutchins


Education Teach Think

A liberal education... frees a man from the prison-house of his class, race, time, place, background, family and even his nation.~Robert M. Hutchins


Family Education Time

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.~Robert M. Hutchins


Education Young Prepare

When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away.~Robert M. Hutchins


Lie Feeling Down

It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.~Robert M. Hutchins


College Important Credit

Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.~Robert M. Hutchins


Education View Kind

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault.~Robert M. Hutchins


You Think Know

There is only one justification for universities, as distinguished from trade schools. They must be centers of criticism.~Robert M. Hutchins


Criticism Trade Must

To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.~Robert M. Hutchins


Problem Think Facts

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.~Robert M. Hutchins


Communication Community

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.~Robert M. Hutchins


Graduation College

We can put television in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed at printing only comic books.~Robert M. Hutchins


Light Great Television

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.~Robert M. Hutchins


Education Young Minds