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quotations by Duke University employees

  • "'Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night.' - Mary Lou Williams"
  • "'My teachers helped guide and motivate me; but the responsibility of learning was left with me, an approach to learning which was later reinforced by my experiences at Amherst.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'My research in this period centered around growth, technical change, and income distribution, both how growth affected the distribution of income and how the distribution of income affected growth.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'My obligation as president, and what I promise the country, is that the courts will be able to do their job free of all pressure.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'Often, these downplay the power of cultural imperialism - in that sense, playing the game of US interests - by reassuring us that the global success of American mass culture is not as bad as all that.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'One way and another I was having a ball - playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family.' - Mary Lou Williams"
  • "'So is it always nationalist to resist US globalization? The US thinks it is, and wants you to agree; and, moreover, to consider US interests as being universal ones.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages.' - Ariel Dorfman"
  • "'Poverty is the frontier we have to be able to cross.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'Much of my work in this period was concerned with exploring the logic of economic models, but also with attempting to reconcile the models with every day observation.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Many people on the political left found my work psychologically liberating. They began to say: once you realize that standards emerge historically, then you can see through and discard all the norms to which we have been falsely enslaved.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'In most of the European countries - France stands out in its resistance to this particular form of American cultural imperialism - the national film industries were forced onto the defensive after the war by such binding agreements.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'In general, higher education does not know how to speak for its interests. It offers a stance that is defensive, cowardly and likely to be ineffective.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'In the lead up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption.' - Anthony Zinni"
  • "'Is this administration, the Clinton administration, an administration that needed defending?' - Judy Woodruff"
  • "'It was necessary, as a black historian, to have a personal agenda.' - John Hope Franklin"
  • "'It is of no help to us that there is an absolute truth of the matter of things because unfortunately, none of us are in a position to say definitively what that is - although we all think that we are.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'It is characteristic of all deep human problems that they are not to be approached without some humor and some bewilderment.' - Freeman Dyson"
  • "'The United States has made a massive effort since the end of the Second World War to secure the dominance of its films in foreign markets - an achievement generally pushed home politically, by writing clauses into various treaties and aid packages.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'We have obligations towards the innocent, the dead, towards the living, towards our children and their children.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'We fully support the strikes against terrorist targets, not against the country, not against the culture, not against a religion, but against an enemy of them all.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'We decided to focus on women because no one was singling them out.' - Judy Woodruff"
  • "'We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.' - John Hope Franklin"
  • "'We need to be more careful, but more compassionate. We must strike, not deal with terrorists, but to broaden our understanding of the world outside our borders.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'Zoos should concentrate more on the preservation side of things.' - Gerald Durrell"
  • "'Within a few hours I had them off, was about ready to play the shows. That night I opened, and during the week Harris was over to the house to talk my mother into letting me leave home.' - Mary Lou Williams"
  • "'When I first came to the United States in 1956 I fell in love with things - mainly the vitality and the freedoms.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'We Chileans have to be able to understand that in a democracy institutions must function freely and with sovereignty.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'This is not the Chile we want to build.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.' - Freeman Dyson"
  • "'The more worrying feature of the new global corporate structures is their capacity to devastate national labour markets by transferring their operations to cheaper locations overseas.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'The extra curricular activity in which I was most engaged - debating - helped shape my interests in public policy.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.' - Fredric Jameson"
  • "'The technologies which have had the most profound effects on human life are usually simple.' - Freeman Dyson"
  • "'There must have been something in the air of Gary that led one into economics: the first Nobel Prize winner, Paul Samuelson, was also from Gary, as were several other distinguished economists.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'There is no reason to have problems between country and country, between government and government, when there is a separation of powers.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.' - Freeman Dyson"
  • "'In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other. This had at least one virtue - it made one see that there was more than one side to these complex issues.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.' - Kurt Lewin"
  • "'But individuals and firms spend an enormous amount of resources acquiring information, which affects their beliefs; and actions of others too affect their beliefs.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Belief and knowledge are considered to be two different things. But they are not.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'But while I loved all of these courses, there was an irresistible attraction of economics.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.' - Henry Louis Gates"
  • "'Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Clearly it is better that, when someone is wanted by the international police, and this person travels, and a country knows about it, that country reports the fact.' - Ricardo Lagos"
  • "'Certainly, the poverty, the discrimination, the episodic unemployment could not but strike an inquiring youngster: why did these exist, and what could we do about them.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'As I noted in my Nobel lecture, an early insight in my work on the economics of information concerned the problem of appropriability - the difficulty that those who pay for information have in getting returns.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.' - David S. Broder"
  • "'Actions are always more complex and nuanced than they seem. We have to be willing to wrestle with paradox in pursuing understanding.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.' - Kurt Lewin"
  • "'A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.' - Freeman Dyson"
  • "'All over the world the wildlife that I write about is in grave danger. It is being exterminated by what we call the progress of civilization.' - Gerald Durrell"
  • "'America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.' - David Brooks"
  • "'And so we go over the cliff fiscally, and our Republican friends try to pin the blame on discretionary domestic spending, including spending for security. We pass budget resolutions that fall far short.' - David Price"
  • "'Amherst was pivotal in my broad intellectual development; MIT in my development as a professional economist.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Amherst is a liberal arts college, committed to providing students with a broad education.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in involving fathers in the rearing of their children, I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative years of our lives very much in the presence of women.' - Reynolds Price"
  • "'Every news organization should ideally be as broadly representative as possible.' - Judy Woodruff"
  • "'I went to Amherst because my brother had gone there before me, and he went there because his guidance counselor thought that we would do better there than at a large university like Harvard.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'I think we Southerners have talked a fair amount of malarkey about the mystique of being Southern.' - Reynolds Price"
  • "'I think America has a brilliant future.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'I went to public schools, and while Gary was, like most American cities, racially segregated, it was at least socially integrated - a cross section of children from families of all walks of life.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'I, like many members of my generation, was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present; he must begin with the past.' - John Hope Franklin"
  • "'If stability and efficiency required that there existed markets that extended infinitely far into the future - and these markets clearly did not exist - what assurance do we have of the stability and efficiency of the capitalist system?' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'If image is everything, how can the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete with a President fresh from a war victory.' - Judy Woodruff"
  • "'I should have known better. Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence and the pro-choice arguments are not. That is a cultural, historical fact.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'I recognized that information was, in many respects, like a public good, and it was this insight that made it clear to me that it was unlikely that the private market would provide efficient resource allocations whenever information was endogenous.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously.' - Mary Lou Williams"
  • "'From the age of six I wanted to be an artist. At that point I meant a painter, but it turned out what I really meant was I was someone who was very interested in watching the world and making copies of it.' - Reynolds Price"
  • "'For 50 years my father worked for the railroad.' - Harold Evans"
  • "'I am not a philosopher.' - Hans Bethe"
  • "'I do not support abortion rights. Although what I would support in this vexed area is not clear to me.' - Stanley Fish"
  • "'I knew that discrimination existed, even though there were many individuals who were not prejudiced.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.' - Mary Lou Williams"
  • "'I grew up in a family in which political issues were often discussed, and debated intensely.' - Joseph E. Stiglitz"
  • "'A further point is that, little by little, in the current universe, everything is slowly being named; nor does this have anything to do with the older Aristotelian universals in which the idea of a chair subsumes all its individual manifestations.' - Fredric Jameson"

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