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51. "I applied to American Repertory School up at Harvard at got in."
Author: Ajay Naidu
52. "Understood what the struggle was about. My mother. Couldn't read or write, but she had more sense than many a graduate from Harvard."
Author: Al Lewis
53. "EdX will be a creating a platform which will be open source, not for profit, and a portal for a website where universities will offer their courses. For example, MIT courses will be offered as MITx and Harvard courses as HarvardX."
Author: Anant Agarwal
54. "How much does it really matter whether your child will soon be enjoying a first year at Harvard or Yale or will instead end up at her third or fourth or fifth choice? Probably much less than you think."
Author: Barry Schwartz
55. "These movies are like my kids. I just love them to death. Some of them go to Harvard and some of them can barely graduate high school."
Author: Barry Sonnenfeld
56. "I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life; it was only when I came to Oxford, and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn't know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president; you couldn't do that in Pakistan - you'd be thrown in prison."
Author: Benazir Bhutto
57. "I worked with these liberal elites for 28 years at CBS News, and they were always throwing around the term 'white trash,' by which they meant poor southerners who didn't go to Harvard. I'm not sure why that makes them trash."
Author: Bernard Goldberg
58. "The U.S. is blessed with tremendously creative and imaginative law students at places like Chicago, Harvard, Columbia and Yale."
Author: Cass Sunstein
59. "If Moses had gone to Harvard Law School and spent three years working on the Hill, he would have written the Ten Commandments with three exceptions and a saving clause."
Author: Charles Morgan
60. "They [Harvard academia] liked the poor, but didn't like the smell of the poor."
Author: Chris Hedges
61. "One fall day in Boston, a tall mechanical engineering student named Joe entered the student union at Harvard University. He was all ambition and acne"
Author: Dan Ariely
62. "Don't tell anyone, but on the pagan day of the sun god Ra, I kneel at the foot of an ancient instrument of torture and consume ritualistic symbols of blood and flesh. ...And if any of you care to join me, come to the Harvard chapel on Sunday, kneel beneath the crucifix, and take Holy Communion."
Author: Dan Brown
63. "Fresh from the rarefied environments of Harvard, the author says he purposefully took journalism jobs in small southern towns so that he could learn the art of conversation with ordinary people. Is this gift for listening and for conversation, it seems, that allowed him to produce textured historical narratives of grand impact."
Author: David Halberstam
64. "You know, I'm from the Midwest, man - that shapes my personality much more than having gone to Harvard."
Author: Dean Norris
65. "Investment banks started recruiting at Harvard back in the day, and they'd fly me down to New York City and I was so poor so I would take advantage of the free flight, the per diem, the hotel. And then I would go audition for stuff."
Author: Dean Norris
66. "I had studied at Harvard and MIT astronomy and a lot about the heavens and the star system and so forth."
Author: Edgar Mitchell
67. "I went into Harvard one way and came out a different person... It's the air at Harvard; it's like a Renaissance court."
Author: Erich Segal
68. "From the first winter afternoon in the Harvard ball fields, "Oh no--I need you" had become an admission and a clarion call--the tenet of dependency that forms the weft of friendship. We needed each other so that we could count the endless days of forests and flat water, but the real need was soldered by the sadder, harder moments--discord or helplessness or fear--that we dared to expose to each other. It took me years to grasp that this grit and discomfort in any relationship are an indicator of closeness, not it's opposite."
Author: Gail Caldwell
69. "I graduated from Bowdoin College and went to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Then I left and took a job teaching really poor inner-city white kids in Boston. It was interesting to me because I'd never been around poor whites before."
Author: Geoffrey Canada
70. "A popular Harvard business professor urged his students to read the obituaries in the New York Times before they read anything else, in order to learn from the lives of great men."
Author: Georges F. Doriot
71. "Harvard Square could feel like a party on a warm night, full of energy and privilege and promise. Or it could seem like one of the bleakest places on earth--an icy, windswept rat maze where kids wasted their youth clawing over one another in a fatuous contest for credentials."
Author: Geraldine Brooks
72. "A recent survey of 2,000 male graduates of Harvard Business Schoolfound that penis length & IQ were equally good predictors of annualincome. -- from "Eugene"
Author: Greg Egan
73. "In these cases, the mind knows what it's doing better than the guile, because the mind flows, the guile dams up, that is, the mind stride but the guile limps. And that's no guileless statement, however, and that's no Harvard like, as MIT will measure soon with computers and docks of Martian data."
Author: Jack Kerouac
74. "I tell people, "Yeah, I went to Harvard University." What I don't tell them is I was only there for five minutes delivering a pizza."
Author: Jarod Kintz
75. "I speak Mandarin and can read and write a little. I took a few classes at Harvard to get better in my reading and writing skills."
Author: Jeremy Lin
76. "Stewart, Jr. who was called Stewie Two, graduated from Steering before Garp was even of age to enter the school; Jenny treated Stewie Two twice for a sprained ankle and once for gonorrhea. He later went through Harvard Business School, a staph infection, and a divorce."
Author: John Irving
77. "I went to Amherst because my brother had gone there before me, and he went there because his guidance counselor thought that we would do better there than at a large university like Harvard."
Author: Joseph Stiglitz
78. "Only a bitch of color comes to Harvard to get pregnant. White women don't do that. Asian women don't do that. Only fucking black and Latina women. Why go to all the trouble to get into Harvard just to get knocked up? You could have stayed on the block and done that shit."
Author: Junot Díaz
79. "Most kids can't afford to go to Harvard to be misinformed."
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
80. "Harvard was a kind of luxurious afternoon."
Author: Lincoln Kirstein
81. "Harvard freshmen are smart, interested, and excited, and it's fun hearing their different perspectives and stuff that they will share."
Author: Lisa Randall
82. "It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history."
Author: Malcolm Forbes
83. "But each time he received an invitation from the Harvard Club to join…he postponed his application for the time when he could do little but rest in the kind of comfortable chair that is to the end of life what a cradle is to the beginning." Pg 55"
Author: Mark Helprin
84. "And thus I learned that at Harvard, while knowing a great deal is the norm and knowing everything is the goal, appearing to know everything is an acceptable substitute. I pondered this great truth during the two-hour seminar. I was so buoyed up by it that I didn't pay enough attention to snorkeling up little bits of food in order to keep my nausea under control. I sailed right on into my next class, another seminar, confident that I could get through it without losing my lunch."
Author: Martha N. Beck
85. "Without rich people who want it done now, who would animate the free world? In theory, you want everyone to live peacefully according to their needs, along the banks of a river. In fact, you worry that you'd die of boredom there. In fact, you get a buzz from someone like Carole Potter, who keeps prize chickens and could teach a graduate course in landscaping; who maintains a staff of four (more in the summers, during High Guest Season); a handsome, slightly ridiculous husband; a beautiful daughter at Harvard and an incorrigible son doing something or other on Bondi Beach; Carole who is charming and self-deprecating and capable, if pushed, of a hostile indifference crueler than any form of rage; who reads novels and goes to movies and theater and yes, yes, bless her, buys art, serious art, about which she actually fucking knows a thing or two."
Author: Michael Cunningham
86. "Mizzy has wandered into the garden. Carole looks contemplatively at him, says, "Lovely boy.""My wife's insanely younger brother. He's one of those kids with too much potential, if you know what I mean.""I know exactly what you mean."Further details would be redundant. Peter knows the Potters' story: the pretty, unstoppable daughter who's tearing through her Harvard doctorate versus the older child, the son, who has, it seems, been undone by his good fortune; who at thirty-eight is still surfing and getting stoned by way of occupations, currently in Australia."
Author: Michael Cunningham
87. "As a multisport athlete, I was always fascinated with competition and how to win. At HBS and later at the Harvard Department of Economics, I was drawn to the field of competition and strategy because it tackles perhaps the most basic question in both business management and industrial economics: What determines corporate performance?"
Author: Michael Porter
88. "Let me tell you, very frankly, when I went to the Harvard Business School I was more or less a committed socialist."
Author: P. Chidambaram
89. "Had the people who started Facebook decided to stay at Harvard, they would not have been able to build the company, and by the time they graduated in 2006, that window probably would have come and gone."
Author: Peter Thiel
90. "I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science."
Author: Rupert Sheldrake
91. "I'm not impressed by people's degrees. Harvard doesn't impress me, Yale doesn't impress me, Columbia doesn't impress me."
Author: Sean Hannity
92. "I'll miss everybody too. But I'll be back for Christmas, and for the summer. Abuelita, it's the best school in the United States.""You'll come back a different person. Worse, you won't want to come back after you see everything out there. Why would you want to come back to this horrible nada?""Abuelita, that's not true. I'll be back. I'll call you every week, on the weekends when it's cheaper. I'll learn so much. Nobody at Ysleta has ever been to Harvard, at least no one the teachers can remember.""It's a great honor, m'ijo. We know that. I'm sure everyone in Ysleta is proud of you. But this is who you are," she said, for a moment scanning the dark night air and the empty street. A cricket chirped in the darkness. "God help you when you go to this ‘Havid.' You will be so far away from us, from everything you know. You will be alone. What if something happens to you? Who's going to help you? But you always wanted to be alone; you were always so independent, so stubborn.""Like you."
Author: Sergio Troncoso
93. "Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard."Butterfly with Parachute"Stephen BurtA real one wouldn't need one,but the one Nathan draws surely does:four oblongs the size and color of popsicles,green apple, toasted coconut and grape,flanked, two per side, by billowing valentine hearts,in a frame of Scotch tape.Alive, it could stay off the floorfor a few unaerodynamic minutes;thrown as a paper airplane, for a few more.Very sensibly, therefore,our son gave it something, not to keep it apartfrom the ground forever, but rather to make safe its descent.When we ask that imagination discover the limitsof the realworld only slowly,maybe this is what we meant."
Author: Stephen Burt
94. "But after the time there I'd had it with fashion again, so I left to go to architecture school in a summer course at Harvard, which didn't last very long."
Author: Stephen Sprouse
95. "At the Harvard Business School, I really felt I had gained the ability to resolve difficult issues. But I also felt that I wasn't in the mainstream with my fellow students. During job-hunting season, for example, everybody shaved their beards for interviews. I thought, 'This is crazy.' So I grew a beard."
Author: Thomas G. Stemberg
96. "As Harvard University psychologist Daniel Gilbert argues, 'You can't adapt to commuting, because it's entirely unpredictable. Driving in traffic is a different kind of hell every day.'"
Author: Tom Vanderbilt
97. "One time I listened to Farmer give a talk on HIV to a class at the Harvard School of Public Health, and in the midst of reciting data, he mentioned the Haitian phrase "looking for life, destroying life," Then he explained, "It's an expression Haitians use if a poor woman selling mangoes falls off a truck and dies." I felt as if for that moment I could see a little way into his mind, It seemed like a place of hyperconnectivity, At moments like that, I thought that what he wanted was to erase both time and geography, connecting all parts of his life and tying them instrumentally to a world in which he saw intimate, inescapable connections between the gleaming corporate offices of Paris and New York and a legless man lying on the mud floor of a hut in the remotest part of remote Haiti. Of all the world's errors, he seemed to feel, the most fundamental was the "erasing" of people, the "hiding away" of suffering. "My big struggle is how people can not care, erase, not remember."
Author: Tracy Kidder
98. "Harvard was the most intimidating experience. I felt so out of my league there."
Author: Wendy Davis
99. "I was living as a young single mom. I was 19 when I was divorced, and my daughter was a year old, and I waited tables here three to four nights a week for several years while I was trying to support myself and my daughter and the day I got that acceptance at Harvard Law School was an unforgettable day."
Author: Wendy Davis
100. "I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Manhattan phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard."
Author: William F. Buckley Jr.

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