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Academically Quotes


"I struggled academically throughout elementary school" - Benjamin Carson

"Some felt I'm not academically qualified, and they're right." - Jesse Ventura

"Genetic theories, I gather, have been cherished academically with detachment." - Allen Tate

"I became an actor because I didn't know what else to do. Academically, I wasn't good." - Anthony Hopkins

"Socrates ... did not write. It seems academically obvious that he perished because he did not publish!" - Umberto Eco

"Some people are academically inclined, some vocationally and we shouldn't penalise the latter." - James Dyson

"I didn't do very well academically; I was always in the bottom class." - Chris Lilley

"I don't know whether I much enjoyed education. I was not academically gifted." - Joseph Mawle

"I don't think anyone will deny that girls are academically superior as a group." - Christina Hoff Sommers

"Recent decades clearly demonstrate that the more secular our Public Schools become the less successful they become academically." - David Barton

"Unchallenged, opinions became respected precedent then exceptionless concepts and sometimes even civil and academically accepted social law." - R Buckminster Fuller

"I don't really know how music and comedy are similar. I try never to dissect it theoretically or academically." - Eric Andre

"Do I think I'm under-educated? Academically, absolutely. I never took any exams, no O- or A-levels." - Hayley Mills

"I wasn't academically successful. And maybe I've spent a lot of my career trying to make up for that." - Anna Wintour

"Girls are more academically powerful. They make the grades, they run the student activities, they are the valedictorians." - Christina Hoff Sommers

"There were a lot of people who were willing to write a letter for me. Not because I was academically inclined, but because I worked hard." - Sam Smith

"D.C. is a hard city to grow up in. I couldn't find my footing there. Also, I got a late start academically, and I was dyslexic." - Justin Theroux

"There were a lot of people who were willing to write a letter for me. Not because I was academically inclined, but because I worked hard." - Leighton W. Smith, Jr.

"I've always enjoyed real work more than schoolwork. My mother will attest to that - she was always concerned about me academically." - David Ulevitch

"I've always been incredibly proud of both of my parents and proud of the work I had done privately as a person, professionally and academically." - Chelsea Clinton

"I went to a private school, and I struggled academically. It was really disheartening to always be considered bad at that." - Gia Coppola

"I found a certain kind of music congenial to me; it never occurred to me to write music that was academically acceptable." - Carlisle Floyd

"I have never gotten a B in my life. I would honestly be mortified if I got a B. I'm so academically driven." - Sami Gayle

"I was a weedy kid, not like one of those working-class men who can accommodate not being academically clever by physical strength and prowess." - Ken Livingstone

"Hungry children are distracted children. We want to make sure nothing gets in the way of our children performing well academically, including hunger." - Arne Duncan

"I am not an academic who happens to have written a novel. I am a novelist who happens to be quite good academically." - A S Byatt

"In the Far East, it is taken for granted that the training of a monk is physically rigorous and academically challenging." - Frederick Lenz

"If there are activists in Cosas and they do poorly academically, then they would be cited as examples as to why others should not be in Cosas." - Kgalema Motlanthe

"I was no great achiever at school, either academically or in the sporting field... I was always tending to be in trouble." - Peter Hollingworth

"When I was young, I was an academically oriented guy like most academically oriented guys. I graduated in science, did an MBA. My dreams as a young boy were I wanted to be an industrialist, or I wanted to be a scientist." - Amish Tripathi

"If we are to prevent the fabric of our society from coming apart, we must teach our children to excel not only academically, but also in their appreciation of their obligation to others." - Clarence Page

"The past is interesting to me because it's been dumbed down or flattened out, or academically nitpicked so you can't get any life out of it, you just get data." - Toni Morrison

"I did not want to be the stereotype of either Bollywood or what Indian actors are usually offered. The exotic, beautiful girl, or the academically inclined nerd. And I wanted to play a lead... I didn't settle for less." - Priyanka Chopra

"There's probably no one who understands Method acting better academically than I do, or actually uses it more in his work. But it's funny - nobody really sees that. It's perception versus reality, I suppose." - Jack Nicholson

"Kids who don't play are not just at greater risk of falling behind academically, but also of becoming overweight or obese, failing to integrate socially, and even engaging in criminal activity." - Darell Hammond

"The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism - Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on!" - Leroy Neiman

"I went to a very academically competitive high school. So I was always quite studious and quiet, just to keep up with the other geniuses who were in my school." - Ben Barnes

"My father was a truck driver. That's where it all started, and academically I was a disaster at school. My cousin got his name on the honour board; I, at Melbourne High School, I carved mine on the desk." - Lindsay Fox

"I like to think I'm pretty smart with what I was able to do academically, but whenever I get on the field I turn into the Incredible Hulk and I am unstoppable." - Robert Griffin Iii

"I'm worried about the future of America insofar as our academically most promising students are being funneled through the cookie-cutter Ivy League and other elite schools and emerging with this callow anti-American, anti-military cast to their thinking." - Camille Paglia

"I went to Columbia University because I knew I wanted to go to a school that was academically rigorous. I prided myself on getting good grades, but I also hated it." - Ezra Koenig

"People can do more than they ever believe they can do. Physically, mentally, academically. You have to be pushed. It hurts. But it's worth it, and it's a great thing." - Sugar Ray Leonard

"My sisters are very academically inclined so whenever they would fix me up, it would always be from someone in their world, people they would find attractive. When they came to the door in suits, it was over." - Elizabeth Perkins

"All the rest of us - you and me and even the thousands of soldiers behind the lines in Africa - we want terribly yet only academically for the war to get over." - Ernie Pyle

"I was a nerd academically. But I was also an athlete and a musician. I never wanted to be shut out of any situation. I think it was that more than anything." - Brian Mcknight

"I had a quite unconventional childhood, in the sense that I traveled a lot and I went to 10 or 11 schools. I was completely confused academically, but wherever I went, I could paint. I painted an inordinate amount." - Ridley Scott

"When I was young, I never thought I was going to be a writer! I was academically orientated and active at sports, but I didn't have one creative bone in my body." - Amish Tripathi

"There was quite a lot of lying around in fields at Stonar, a small independent girls' school in the country near Bath. It was a non-selective school and the right environment for me: academically not particularly pushy." - Romola Garai

"I thought I was gonna be an attorney, so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy, and I didn't do anything academically around the arts." - Aisha Tyler

"Perhaps the worst example of Smithsonian contempt for Jesus Christ is seen in its 1994 publication of a coffee-table book entitled Smithsonian Time Lines of the Ancient World ... This flagrant display of religious bigotry and discrimination in a book officially sponsored by the Smithsonian is intellectually and academically dishonest." - Tim Lahaye

"The conviction that the best way to prepare children for a harsh, rapidly changing world is to introduce formal instruction at anearly age is wrong. There is simply no evidence to support it, and considerable evidence against it. Starting children early academically has not worked in the past and is not working now." - David Elkind

"We live in a highly industrialized society and every member of the Black nation must be as academically and technologically developed as possible. To wage a revolution, we need competent teachers, doctors, nurses, electronics experts, chemists, biologists, physicists, political scientists, and so on and so forth. Black women sitting at home reading bedtime stories to their children are just not going to make it." - Frances M. Beal

"If the traditional Rs (reading, writing, and arithmetic) are the basics that we want our children to master academically, then reverence, respect, and responsibility are the three Rs that our children need to master for the sake of their souls and the health of the world." - Zoe Weil

"Once they arrive, affirmative action kids are generally left to sink or swim academically. Brown (University) offers plenty of counseling and tutoring to struggling students, but, as any academic Dean will tell you, it's up to the students to seek it out, something that a drowning minority student will seek to avoid at all costs, fearing it will trumpet a second-class status." - Ron Suskind

"Professors typically spend their time in meetings about planning, policy, proposals, fund-raising, consulting, interviewing, traveling, and so forth, but spend relatively little time at their drawing boards. As a result, they lose touch with the substance of their rapidly developing subject. They lose the ability to design; they lose sight of what is essential; and they resign themselves to teach academically challenging puzzles." - Niklaus Wirth

"I've always been a man of commitment whether it was academically or professionally. But spiritually I wasn't committed. I was talking the talk and I just wanted to make that commitment. It also made the commitment in other areas of my life stronger." - Avery Johnson

"[My mother is] a half-Chinese, half-Jamaican woman, who grew up the ninth of nine kids, getting a law degree from Harvard. Academically brilliant, but also incredibly strong-willed and ethical. My mother was like that, my sister is, and my wife is too." - Harry Connick Jr

"While I had been, I guess, quite brilliant, academically, in my college years, I also had been editor of the paper, and I loved that. And, that was a much more active thing. And I missed it when I was doing graduate work." - Betty Friedan

"...home-schooled students are able to successfully adapt emotionally, interpersonally, and academically to their first, and most challenging, semester in college. That is probably because, having had the consistent teaching and support of a family and a community, they have developed strengths and convictions that provide a bridge over the troubled waters of a multitude of challenges and temptations." - Laura Schlessinger

"I liked school and was a bit of an all-rounder academically, I struggled with music. I can't hold a note when singing and abandoned any notion of a career in music after barely scraping a pass in grade 2 piano." - Stephen Curry

"My personal view is that reading has to be balanced. Obviously, there's a certain amount of reading that we have to do academically to continue to learn and to grow, but it's got to be balanced with fun and with elective reading. Whether that's comic books or Jane Austen, if it makes you excited about reading, that's what matters." - Emma Walton Hamilton

"In the area of trading, it is now an academically demonstrated fact that women tend to be a little bit more risk-adverse. They don't move positions as quickly and as erratically as men. Maybe it is a bit less profitably, but I think it would have been less risky." - Christine Lagarde

"The arts were a big part of my childhood. We went to the theatre and opera a lot as a family. We were not at all wealthy, but it was at a time when the arts were publicly funded and there were free tickets available. For someone like myself who wasn't that academically inclined, it was a great escape." - Sarah Jessica Parker

"There was a point when I was very young where I remember talking with my mom about going to drama school and this was maybe when I was 8, 9, 10 years old - and she knew that I was also academically very capable, and she steered me in another direction." - Carmen Ejogo

"I also take pleasure in the so-called negative power in Grotjahn's work. That is, I love his paintings for what they are not. Unlike much art of the past decade, Grotjahn isn't simply working from a prescribed checklist of academically acceptable, curator-approved 'isms' and twists." - Jerry Saltz

"When you home study, you get a better education. I basically got to teach myself. Being naturally able to make my own opinions about the schoolwork I had to deal with, instead of being instructed under the tutelage of the teacher, was really nice academically." - Thora Birch

"What parents said they valued most were discussions with teachers and heads, and what they wanted was more descriptive information in their children's school reports. This is particularly true for primary schools. Parents wanted to know much more than just how their children were doing academically." - Carol J. Adams

"As we talk about the need to foster academic achievement, we must recognize and reward those who strive academically, just as we honor athletic champions. Meeting the President of the United States is just the honor we should bestow on our academic champions." - Brad Sherman

"I never felt I was quite the ticket academically. I always felt I had to put in an enormous amount of effort not to be disappointing. So I worked really hard, but at the time it suited me, because I didn't do very much else." - Emily Mortimer

"I was the kind of kid who couldn't really stop making up stories during class. I didn't do very well academically because I was always drawing these little doodles in the margins of my notebooks and I wasn't bringing home the best grades." - Meg Cabot

"I was very academically inclined. But my inner life was in such turmoil. I'd go home and my home life was so miserable that it just felt like I was doing everything that I was supposed to do. I did all my chores, made really good grades, and I was excelling at school, but I wasn't happy." - Sonja Sohn

"For many years I had been deeply identified with thinking and the painful, heavy emotions that had accumulated inside. My thought activity was mostly negative, and my sense of identity was also mostly negative, although I tried hard to prove to myself and to the world that I was good enough by working very hard academically. But even after I had achieved academic success, I was happy for two weeks or three and then the depression and anxiety came back." - Eckhart Tolle

"A sound American is simply one who has put out of his mind all doubts and questionings, and who accepts instantly, and as incontrovertible gospel, the whole body of official doctrine of his day, whatever it may be and no matter how often it may change. The instant he challenges it, no matter how timorously and academically, he ceases by that much to be a loyal and creditable citizen of the republic." - H L Mencken

"I started as a GED instructor, I created my own GED program and I realized that a lot of young people that don't do we'll academically, it's not that they don't have the competency to do it or the skill set to do it, it's just that they weren't motivated to learn. They weren't interested in school so I started just talking to students and just really going in on them like yo this is life or death." - Eric Thomas

"There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can't compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don't give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you - yer kid is NOT autistic. He's just stupid. Or lazy. Or both." - Denis Leary

"I rely heavily on Thomas Sowell's magnificent book, Black Rednecks, White Liberals. He points out that blacks in the North perform better, academically, than whites in the South where they did not have much of an emphasis on learning. But please note that I'm not the one making that argument in that section about Michael Moore. And by the way, I'm not a man. White men have done a lot. It's silly to write a book titled, Stupid White Men." - Ann Coulter

"So I was doing well academically, and I was a well-ranked tennis player and was the apple of my handsome father's eye-and then I would bring home a report card with a B-plus on it, and my parents would look at the report card as if I'd flunked. "Uh, honey?" one of them would ask, looking perplexed. "Now, this isn't a criticism but, if you could get a B-plus in philosophy, how much harder would it have been to get an A-minus?"" - Anne Lamott

"Focused intensity is required to win. I can't stress enough that people who took control of their finances and worked their way out of debt got mad. They got sick and tired of being sick and tired! They said, "I've had it!" and went ballistic to change their lives. There is no intellectual exercise where you can academically work your way into wealth; you have to get fired up - There is no energy in logic; this is behavior and motivation modification, and it works." - David Ramsey