"When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."M. H. Abrams on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."M. H. Abrams 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."M. H. Abrams on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."M. H. Abrams 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."M. H. Abrams on T. S. Eliot
"It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable."
"If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem."