The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
Memory is the thread of personal identity, history of public identity.
A university’s essential character is that of being a center of free inquiry and criticism-a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.
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