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31 Insightful Quotes By Robert Maynard Hutchins On Philosophy, Education And More

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Robert Maynard Hutchins was a well-known American educator who served leading positions at various renowned educational institutions. He was interested in studies from an early age and graduated with honors from the University of Yale. After graduating, he served as a secretary and eventually become the dean. In his role as dean, he started expressing his views on American education system and also advised some changes. He was soon appointed as the President of the University of Chicago. He eventually became the most renowned and popular figure in the field of education. He introduced his ‘Chicago Plan’ for liberal education where he suggested various significant reforms. Although these reforms were opposed by many educators, they still tend to float successfully in the education system. He was a supporter of peace and served as the President of the Ford Foundation which aimed at establishing world peace during his later years. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from some of the most famous quotes and thoughts by Robert Maynard Hutchins. Let us browse through deceptively simple, sensible and inspirational quotes and thoughts by Robert Maynard Hutchins that hold a world of wisdom.

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 Maynard Hutchins

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

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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 Maynard Hutchins

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

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

When I feel like exercising I just lie down until the feeling goes away.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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 Maynard Hutchins

Education is a kind of continuing dialogue, and a dialogue assumes different points of view.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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 Maynard Hutchins

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

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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 Maynard Hutchins

The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

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

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

The best education for the best is the best education for all.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

A student can win twelve letters at a university without learning how to write one.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

...The task is overwhelming, and the chance is slight. We must take the chance or die.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

More free time means more time to waste. The worker who used to have only a little time in which to get drunk and beat his wife now has time to get drunk, beat his wife - and watch TV.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Nobody can decide for himself whether he is going to be a human being. The only question open to him is whether he will be an ignorant undeveloped one or one who has sought to reach the highest point he is capable of attaining.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Most people spend their time on the 'urgent' rather than on the 'important.'

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Football, fraternities, and fun have no place in the university. They were introduced only to entertain those who shouldn’t be in the university.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Democracy has not failed; the intelligence of the race has failed before the problems the race has raised

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Nobody can read Freud without realizing that he was the scientific equivalent of another nuisance, George Bernard Shaw.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

For those who are going to learn from books, learning the art of reading would seem to be indispensable.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

Mathematics ... is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

To put an end to the spirit of inquiry that has characterized the West it is not necessary to burn the books. All we have to do is to leave them unread for a few generations.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

We call Japanese soldiers fanatics when they die rather than surrender, whereas American soldiers who do the same thing are called heroes.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins

College football: I do not see the relationship of those highly industrialized affairs on Saturday afternoons to higher learning in America.

- Robert Maynard Hutchins