Who said: "Harvard is the storehouse of knowledge because the freshmen bring so much in and the graduates take so little out."

BookBrowse's Favorite Quotes

Charles Eliot William"Harvard is the storehouse of knowledge because the freshmen bring so much in and the graduates take so little out."
– Charles W Eliot, former president of Harvard.


While the original quote is specific to a single institution, this is a useful quote to store away and adapt as needed!

Charles William Eliot (1834-1926) was president of Harvard for 40 years, from 1869 to 1909. Born to a distinguished New England family, Eliot graduated from Harvard and then taught math and chemistry there for five years before leaving to spend two years in Europe where he studied chemistry and teaching methods, after which he returned to the USA to be a professor at MIT.

In 1869, having attracted favorable attention for his articles on education reform, he was chosen president of Harvard. During his tenure he radically altered Harvard, transforming it into a modern university. His best known reform was to the elective system through which undergraduates could choose from a wide variety of courses in each field rather than follow a fixed curriculum. By offering many advanced courses to undergraduates, Eliot was able to employ outstanding scholars who divided their time between the graduate and undergraduate schools. Under his guidance, Harvard earned a reputation for academic excellence and as a leading center for graduate study and research.

Eliot was also active in the National Education Association (NEA) championing secondary education, and was a strong influence on the 1892 report that led to the standardizing of college prep and admissions. He helped found the College Entrance Examination Board in 1906. He is also responsible for editing the 20-volume The Harvard Classics (1910), "a five-foot shelf" of outstanding books through which those unable to attend college might gain a liberal education.

More Quotes

This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.

Support BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!

Join Today!

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: The Islamic Enlightenment
    The Islamic Enlightenment
    by Christopher de Bellaigue
    In this comprehensive and well-researched history, de Bellaigue examines the evolution of Islamic ...
  • Book Jacket: The Leavers
    The Leavers
    by Lisa Ko
    The day before Deming Guo saw his mother for the last time, she surprised him at school. A navy blue...
  • Book Jacket: Wonderful Feels Like This
    Wonderful Feels Like This
    by Sara Lovestam
    High school is hard; or perhaps, more accurately, growing up and finding oneself is hard. This is ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

A richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.

About the book
Join the discussion!

First Impressions

  • Book Jacket

    The Scribe of Siena
    by Melodie Winawer

    Equal parts transporting love story, meticulously researched historical fiction, and compelling time-travel narrative.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win The Chalk Pit

The Chalk Pit:
A Ruth Galloway Mystery

A string of murders takes Ruth underground in the newest book in the series.

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

T W Don't M A R

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.

 
Modal popup -