Department: Quotes

I have declined letting my own birthday be known, and have engaged my family not to communicate it.

Despite Jefferson’s feelings about his April 13 birthday, the University has a long custom of celebrating Founder’s Day. This year’s birthday celebration featured many traditional activities, plus the second annual Tom Tom Founders Festival.

[UVA is the only university] in America that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.  I believe that means if you try to carve your name into a desk, the UN will send in ground troops.

Stephen Colbert, during his valedictory address to the Class of 2013

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden…But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.

Thomas Jefferson to Charles W. Peale, August 20, 1811

Students who study abroad not only learn about the world, they learn to be better thinkers.

President Teresa Sullivan, citing studies that showed students who studied abroad outperformed their peers in creative, complex and analytical thought. As UVA prepares its students for work and leadership on a global scale, Sullivan looks to build on the University’s international presence and further UVA’s goal of becoming a leading global university.

Morality binds us into ideological teams that fight each other. … It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something to say.

UVA psychology professor Jonathan Haidt, author of “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.” His comments came during a debate March 20, 2012, with New York Times columnist David Brooks at UVA.

There are two things we do at the University of Virginia in the athletics department better than anywhere else at the institution. Number one is we bring people together … Secondly, we develop relationships.

Craig Littlepage, UVA’s athletic director

I can bring my inner fierceness out and it actually looks good.

Jordan Rennert (Col ’14), a member of UVA’s student step team, Step It Up

These two issues—assuring our commitment to our core disciplines, and enabling scholarship and education across boundaries that address the challenges and opportunities of our time—form the modern yin-yang of the University.

John Simon, executive vice president and provost, in remarks to the University’s Faculty Senate on Feb. 10, 2012

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