Over the course of spending time in academics, there are certain quotes which burn themselves into your mind. This is a collection of those quotes. They are in no particular order, but I find them all either enlightening or humorous. I hope you enjoy.

Professors, students, and coworkers:

Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind. Many people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
~ Morton Blackwell

I need you to forget less.
~ Dr. E. France (via Leeann Kelley)

I prefer not to rock it. I don’t have the personality to rock anything.
~ Nikki Gay

Judicial review is to the constitution what that hat was to Frosty the Snowman. It made it come to life.
~ Jennifer Hammack

Life is more tolerable if you ignore certain bitter realities.
~ John Hachtel

I may have a slight nerd problem
~ Laura Hurd

It is like my mind and the rest of the physical universe are on different time tables.
~ Leeann Kelly

I don’t wanna be vanilla. I want to be blueberry-honey with granola sprinkles.
~ Leeann Kelly

I am a vortex of chaos.
~ Leeann Kelly

You don’t park your first amendment rights at the door. But if you exercise them too strongly, it’s just plain stupid.
~ Dr. Jan Mabie

Has this moron ever even HEARD of Edmund Burke?
~ Dr. Jan Mabie (When someone said an elected official was corrupt if he or she voted as a trustee…)

One day you may have to work for someone who is analytically out to lunch.
~ Dr. Jan Mabie

Well, my first impression is that you are one pompous ass, but that’s what these have to be.
~ Dr. Jan Mabie (after looking over a personal statement for a PhD program application)

Nerd alert!!!
~ Rebecca Miles

Raising taxes, sleeping around on your wife, and being an idiot will have some detrimental effect, especially in an election year.
~ Mike Rothfeld

The Constitution is like the Cliff Notes for the Federalist Papers.
~ Mike Taylor

I am trying to get the ‘eccentric’ label without having the money, age, narcotic habits, or educational credentials to back it up…
~ Daniel Wilkinson

SOME people just need to focus on their research and forget about playing eharmony.com
~ Name Withheld

Historical Figures:

And unto him who mounts the Whirlwind and directs the Storm will cheerfully leave the ordering of my Lot, and whether adverse or prosperous Days should be my future portion I will trust in his right Hand to lead me safely through.
~ Abigail Adams

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
~ John Adams

To deliver an opinion, is the right of all men; that of constituents is a weighty and respectable opinion, which a representative ought always to rejoice to hear; and which he ought always most seriously to consider. But authoritative instructions; mandates issued, which the member is bound blindly and implicitly to obey, to vote, and to argue for, though contrary to the clearest conviction of his judgment and conscience,–these are things utterly unknown to the laws of this land, and which arise from a fundamental mistake of the whole order and tenor of our constitution.
~ Edmund Burke

Without knowledge of many things, copiousness of words is meaningless and even absurd.
~ Cicero quoted in the 1828 Report of the Faculty of Yale College

Every nation, consequently, whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability, may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
~ Federalist 62


Which is why we’re too young to realize certain things are impossible. Which is why we will do them anyway.
~ Amazing Grace

People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they’ll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They’re so thirsty for it they’ll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there’s no water, they’ll drink the sand.
~ The American President

I have a degree from Harvard. Every time I’m wrong, the world makes a little less sense.
~ Frasier

All science trembles at the searing logic of your fiery intellect.
~ Gettysburg

Here I abandoned peace and desecrated law; fortune it is you I follow. Farewell to treaties. From now on war is our judge!” Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!
~ Gods and Generals

Have you read the whole constitution or did you just stop and rapture after the 2nd Amendment?
~ Scandal

We’re not gonna be threatened by issues. We’re gonna put them front and center. We’re gonna raise the level of public debate in this country, and let that be our legacy.
~ The West Wing

Thank you for coming around to the self-evident point I made five minutes ago!
~ The West Wing

Words. Words when spoken out loud for the sake of performance are music. They have rhythm and pitch and timbre and volume. These are the properties of music and music has the ability to find us and move us and lift us up in ways that literal meaning can’t.
~ The West Wing

Every once in a while, every once in a while, there’s a day with an absolute right and an absolute wrong, but those days almost always include body counts. Other than that, there aren’t very many un-nuanced moments in leading a country that’s way too big for ten words. I’m the President of the United States, not the President of the people who agree with me.
~ The West Wing