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Claude T. Bissell

1916 -

Professor of English, President of the University of Toronto (1958-1971)


With all its defects, its tortured self-doubts, its endless hesitations, its constant cynical juxtaposition of the ideal and the actual, the university is the institution that reminds man most insistently of the need for the examined life.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
The Social Sciences are good at accounting for disasters once they have taken place.

It's ironical that the first people to demand free speech are the first people to deny it to others.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo