"Yale places great stress on undergraduate and graduate teaching. I like teaching, and I do a lot of it."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."James Tobin on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."James Tobin on Elbert Hubbard
"A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success."James Tobin on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."James Tobin on Erma Bombeck
"Knowledge is invariably a matter of degree: you cannot put your finger upon even the simplest datum and say this we know."James Tobin on T. S. Eliot
"After the United States entered the war, I joined the Naval Reserve and spent ninety days in a Columbia University dormitory learning to be a naval officer."
"My father also happened to be an intellectual, as learned, literate, informed, and curious as anyone I have known. Unobtrusively and casually, he was my wise and gentle teacher."