Abbott Lawrence Lowell Quotes

Abbott Lawrence Lowell (December 13, 1856 – January 6, 1943) was a U.S. educator and legal scholar. He served as President of Harvard University from 1909 to 1933

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Abbott Lawrence Lowell


The mark of an educated man is the ability to make a reasoned guess on the basis of insufficient information.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


There's a Harvard man on the wrong side of every question.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


I must follow them. I am their leader.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


A tale is told of a man in Paris during the upheaval in 1948, who saw a friend marching after a crowd toward the barricades. Warning him that these could not be held against the troops, that he had better keep way, he received this reply, " I must follow them. I am their leader."

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


“Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities: the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates.”

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


“Universities are full of Knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in, the seniors take none away, and the knowledge there accumulates”

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


Pleasure is a by-product of doing something that is worth doing. Therefore, do not seek pleasure as such. Pleasure comes of seeking something else, and comes by the way.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell


All social life, stability, progress, depend upon each man's confidence in his neighbor, a reliance upon him to do his duty.

Abbott Lawrence Lowell