Charles William Eliot
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- A university teaches. What does it teach? It must obviously teach all the languages in which the great literatures which have been preserved were written — Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German, Scandinavian, and English.
- Enter to grow in wisdom. / Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind.
- Over entrance (“Enter”) and exit (“Depart”) of Dexter gate (gift of Class of 1890) to Harvard Yard, erected 1901.
- Alternatives Eliot considered included “Enter daily to grow in wisdom,” and “Depart to serve better thy country and mankind.”
- Widely paraphrased as:
- Enter to learn; go forth to serve.
- Used by schools including Brigham Young University, Delaware State University, Tennessee State University, Keene State College, and Oakland City College.
- Sometimes credited (in abbreviated form) to Margaret Sanger.
- Sometimes parodied as: “Enter to learn; go forth to earn.”
Quotes about Eliot
- Eliot revolutionized the Harvard curriculum, transforming a moribund academic system for training clergy into a modern research institution at the forefront of American and international scholarship.
- Enter to grow in wisdom: A tour of Harvard’s gates, Ken Gewertz, The Harvard Gazette, December 15, 2005
- The Yale Book of Quotations, 2006, "enter+to+grow+in+wisdom" p. 232
- The Gates of Harvard Yard, Harvard Magazine, 2013 July 18
- The Gates of Harvard Yard: The Complete Story, in Words and Pictures, of a Great University’s Iconic Portals
- BYU not alone in using motto 'enter to learn', Tad Walch, Deseret News, August 4, 2007
- “Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve.”, Jill Grimaldi, Margaret Sanger Papers Project, 2010-11-30