"In 1858 I received the degree of D. S. from the Lawrence Scientific School, and thereafter remained on the rolls of the university as a resident graduate."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."Simon Newcomb on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."Simon Newcomb 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."Simon Newcomb on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."Simon Newcomb 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."Simon Newcomb on T. S. Eliot
"My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men."
"The result was that, if it happened to clear off after a cloudy evening, I frequently arose from my bed at any hour of the night or morning and walked two miles to the observatory to make some observation included in the programme."
"The time was not yet ripe for the growth of mathematical science among us, and any development that might have taken place in that direction was rudely stopped by the civil war."
"One hardly knows where, in the history of science, to look for an important movement that had its effective start in so pure and simple an accident as that which led to the building of the great Washington telescope, and went on to the discovery of the satellites of Mars."
"My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher."