Department: Quotes

I have lived temperately, eating little animal food, and that not as an aliment, so much as a condiment for the vegetables, which constitute my principal diet.

A letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Vine Utley, March 21, 1819.

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

From The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe.

We don't admit numbers, we admit students.  Students who are smart and passionate and want to change the world.

Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts, in a report that details challenges facing a U.Va. admission model that he says "is quickly becoming outdated."

I am not good enough, or wise enough, or strong enough to do everything that needs doing at U.Va. on my own.  But you have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am not alone.

President Teresa Sullivan in her remarks to supporters gathered on the Lawn after her reinstatement by the Board of Visitors.

There're some really terrible moments ahead of you all, but life, all and all, is spectacularly good and if this were not so, none of us my age and older would be so desperately trying to fend off our impending demise.

The late Andy Rooney in his valedictory address to U.Va.'s graduating class on May 2, 2000.

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Satirist Stephen Colbert during an interview on The Colbert Report with Richard Hersh, co-author of "We're Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education." Colbert was responding to Hersh's praise of U.Va. as a university that "has a very good [liberal arts] program." Colbert's wife, Evelyn (Col '85), is a U.Va. alumna

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.

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Highlights

The Case for Compassionate Policing

U.Va. law professor Josh Bowers advocates for a shift in the ways police officers see people and people see police officers. We are all human, he says, and entitled to dignified treatment.

Did You Know?

Do you know which popular soft drink is named for a U.Va. alumnus? Or how about the top-secret military experiments conducted in the shadow of the Rotunda?

Room of Errors

The "room of errors" is a new training tool a U.Va. nursing professor uses to get everyone from interns to nurses to therapists thinking more about reducing medical errors.

A Civil Occupation

One hundred and fifty years ago this spring, the Union army marched into Charlottesville. Somehow, U.Va. was spared from its torches.