Department: Quotes

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.

Rita Dove, U.Va. poet and professor, who was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama on Feb. 13, 2012.

I couldn't get them to stop applauding. It was very heartwarming.

Ray Bice, on his final lecture to a standing-room-only crowd on Dec. 6, 1994, after teaching 91 consecutive semesters without leave. Bice died on Dec. 22, 2011, at the age of 93.

Trouble will come from apathy, not growth or change.

Honor Committee Chair Stephen Nash (Col '13) during a panel discussion on the Community of Trust at the University.

Smell, touch, sound and sight, senses that were once critical to human communication (and to human survival), are now auxiliary to electronic and other forms of sensing and perceiving.

Rosalyn Berne (Col '79, Grad '82, '99), associate professor of engineering whose research focuses on "the ethical, cultural and societal implications of the emergence and convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive sciences."

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.

[U.Va. 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 U.Va. prepares its students for work and leadership on a global scale, Sullivan looks to build on the University’s international presence and further U.Va.’s goal of becoming a leading global university.

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Kings of Freedom

A section of the Berlin Wall, with a spray-painted mural titled "Kings of Freedom," has been installed on Central Grounds.