Dartmouth College

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Dartmouth College is a private research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States, founded in 1769.


  • "It is, Sir, as I have said, a small college. And yet there are those who love it."
  • Vox Clamantis in Deserto - "The voice of one crying in the wilderness"
    • Dartmouth College Motto, appearing in five places in the Bible: Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4, and John 1:23.
  • "They have the still North in their soul, The hill-winds in their breath, And the granite of New Hampshire is made part of them till death."
    • Dartmouth College Alma Mater, Written in 1894 by Richard Hovey, class of 1885.
  • "I would insist that the person who spends four years in our north country and does not learn to hear the melody of rustling leaves or does not learn to love the wash of racing brooks over their rocky beds in spring - who has never experienced the repose to be found on lakes and rivers, who has not stood enthralled on top of Moosilauke on a moonlit night or has not become a worshipper of color as the sun sets from one of Hanover's hills; who has not thrilled at the whiteness of the snow-clad countryside in winter or at the flaming forest of the fall - I would insist that this person has not reached out for some of the most worthwhile educational values accessible at Dartmouth."
    • Ernest Martin Hopkins, Late President Emeritus of Dartmouth College
  • "The world's troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix."
    • John Sloan Dickey, 12th President of Dartmouth College
  • "When better women are made, Dartmouth men will make them."
    • Slogan attributed to those students opposed to coeducation, early 1970s.
  • "Yes, when I was here the first word of the alma mater was 'Men…Men of Dartmouth, give a rouse…' Well, now the first word is 'Dear.' Some things change for the better."
    • Fred Rogers, Commencement Address at Dartmouth College June 9th, 2002
  • " KNOW YE, THEREFORE that We, considering the premises and being willing to encourage the laudable and charitable design of spreading Christian knowledge among the savages of our American wilderness, and also that the best means of education be established in our province of New Hampshire, for the benefit of said province, do, of our special grace, certain knowledge and mere motion, by and with the advice of our counsel for said province, by these presents, will, ordain, grant and constitute that there be a college erected in our said province of New Hampshire by the name of Dartmouth College, for the education and instruction of youth of the Indian tribes in this land in reading, writing, and all parts of learning which shall appear necessary and expedient for civilizing and christianizing children of pagans, as well as in all liberal arts and sciences, and also of English youth and any others."
    • Dartmouth College Charter, December 13th, 1769 before George III of Great Britain.
  • "And they, the said right honorable, honorable and worthy trustees before mentioned, having maturely considered the reasons and arguments in favor of the several places proposed, have given the preference to the western part of our said province, lying on Connecticut river, as a situation most convenient for said school."
    • Dartmouth College Charter, December 13th, 1769 before George III of Great Britain.
  • " And further, we do, by these presents, for us, our heirs and successors, create, make, constitute, nominate and appoint our trusty and well beloved Eleazar Wheelock, doctor in divinity, the founder of said college, to be President of said Dartmouth College."
    • Dartmouth College Charter, December 13th, 1769 before George III of Great Britain.
  • "The opinion of the Court, after mature deliberation, is that this is a contract, the obligation of which cannot be impaired without violating the Constitution of the United States. ... It results from this opinion that the acts of the legislature of New Hampshire, which are stated in the special verdict found in this cause, are repugnant to the Constitution of the United States"
    • John Marshall, Chief Justice, Dartmouth College v. Woodward, 1819
  • "Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed."