Department: Quotes

Remember the cafeteria scene in ‘Jurassic Park?’ Of course you do. Dr. Grant asks Dr. Sattler if she's sure a rampant velociraptor has been ‘contained.’ ‘Yes,’ she replies, ‘unless they figure out how to open doors.’ Virginia coach Tony Bennett is that velociraptor.

Eamonn Brennan on why the Cavaliers rank no. 7 on ESPN’s “Way Too Early Top 25 Rankings for 2016-17”

His advice was, everything else he'd do for free—because he loved to teach, because he loved to impart knowledge to the next generation of lawyers—but they had to pay him to grade. And at the end of every semester when I have to grade I think how true those words are.

UVA law professor John Duffy, talking about the late Antonin Scalia, who taught law at UVA in the 1960s and ’70s

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body & mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of the day.

Thomas Jefferson, to Pierre Samuel DuPont de Nemours, April 1816

The columns that most haunt me are the ones where people are faced with wrenching choices and act bravely.  I think: Would I have been that brave? And usually my answer is ‘probably not!’

Alumnus Daniel Jones (Col ‘85) on the pieces that have most affected him during his 11 years as editor of the New York Times Modern Love column

I hope [my students] learned that the civil rights movement was a movement of ordinary people, many of them just like these young people who were sitting in my class.  They should not believe that it was all magical figures like Martin Luther King.  People like King helped immeasurably.  But it wasn't all Martin Luther Kings.  It was mostly ordinary people who did this, and these students are ordinary people, and they can do the same thing.  They can rise to these heights themselves.

Julian Bond speaking to Virginia Magazine in 2012. Professor Bond passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015.

How did that happen?  I mean, how did it happen?

UVA Baseball Coach Brian O'Connor at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha after the Cavaliers won the 2015 College World Series.

Each and every one of you has a vibrant, courageous soul and a depth of power, creativity and wisdom you are only just beginning to tap into.  That is your light.  It is the light within you, and you have to let it shine.

Actor and comedian Ed Helms, in his valedictory address to the class of 2015

When you take your picture, you take your family.  But I wasn't married and my family was all in Virginia, so I thought, 'Why don't I take my boys?'"

Astronaut and alumnus Leland Melvin on his official NASA portrait with his dogs.

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Highlights

Drawing the Elite

Drawing the Elite

The Alumni Association’s Ridley Scholarship Fund helps the University compete with other top schools to attract elite African-American students.

A Flight Forgotten

A Flight Forgotten

The Aviator was crafted to recognize UVA alum and French Air Service pilot James McConnell, whose plane went down in France in 1917. But it’s not your typical WWI memorial.

Teaching TV

Teaching TV

Media Studies Professor William Little teaches political theory, history, sociology and psychology, all through the lens of AMC drama “Breaking Bad.”

Questions Before Answers

Questions Before Answers

When asked how she comes up with story ideas, author Kim Brooks to points to a lesson learned from one of her UVA professors about asking questions.