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Charles W. Eliot Quotes


Charles William Eliot was an American academic who was selected as Harvard's president in 1869.
(1834 - 1926)

All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgment of probabilities, and not on certainties.
[Business]
 

Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.
[Helping Other People]
 

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
 

Do not expect the world to look bright, if you habitually wear gray-brown glasses.
 

Liberal education develops a sense of right, duty and honor; and more and more in the modern world, large business rests on rectitude and honor as well as on good judgment.
[Education]
 

No race has ever surpassed the Jewish descriptions of either the beauties or the terrors of the nature which environs man.
 

One could get a first-class education from a shelf of books five feet long.
[Education]
 

The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today.
[Lighten Up]
 

The efficient man is the man who thinks for himself.
[Self Reliance]
 

The fear of losing one's job has kept education in America fifty years behind its possible improvement.
[Teaching]
 

You know that it is only through work that you can achieve anything, either in college or in the world.