Robert M. Hutchins Quotations

Robert M. Hutchins

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.

Education is taken to be the deliberate organized attempt to help people become intelligent.

[E]ducation leads to understanding; it has no more "practical" aim. It does not have as its object the "production" of Christians, democrats, Communists, workers, citizens, Frenchmen, or businessmen. It is interested in the development of human beings through the development of their minds. Its aim is not manpower, but manhood.

In general, the American solution has been to identify schooling with education and the passage of time in school with learning.

It is not as important to be serious, as it is to be serious about something important.

Liberal education should not be condemned because it was once limited to rulers or to those who had the leisure to be human. Now that all men are rulers and all will have some leisure, liberal education can be extended to all.

Many large American universities appear to be devoted to three unrelated activities: vocational certification, child care, and scientific research.

Since work has been the aim of life, education, or learning, has been regarded as preparation for it. Hence it has been thought of as a children's disease; having had it once, you need not, in fact you cannot, have it again.

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

The use of television...can be put in its proper light by supposing that Gutenberg's great invention had been directed almost entirely to the publication of comic books.

This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault.