"But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Donna Shalala on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Donna Shalala on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Donna Shalala on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Donna Shalala on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Donna Shalala on Helen Keller
"But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car."
"You can't have a university without having free speech, even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses, they're not going to hear them in America. I believe it's part of their education."
"Sex education has to do with what's in people's head."
"We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system."
"Higher education is one of few areas where this country competes with the rest of the world and wins. The best of American higher education outstrips any in the world. Look where the rest of the world goes for higher education, for graduate degrees. They come here."