"The essays in The Great Taos Bank Robbery were my project to win a Master of Arts degree in English when I quit being a newspaper editor and went back to college."
"It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree."Tony Hillerman on John F. Kennedy
"God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars."Tony Hillerman 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."Tony Hillerman on Robert Orben
"Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated."Tony Hillerman 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."Tony Hillerman on T. S. Eliot
"I always have one or two, sometimes more, Navajo or other tribes' cultural elements in mind when I start a plot. In Thief of Time, I wanted to make readers aware of Navajo attitude toward the dead, respect for burial sites."