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Alfred Whitney Griswold
1906 - 1963

American historian, president of Yale College (1950-1963)


Liberal learning is both a safeguard against false ideas of freedom and a source of true ones.

quoted by John F. Kennedy in a speech at Yale University, Jun. 11, 1962
Self-respect cannot be hunted. It cannot be purchased. It is never for sale. It cannot be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it.

attributed
Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education.

from Essays on Education