On Habits of Mind

“You go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for arts or habits; for the art of expression, for the art of entering quickly into another person’s thoughts, for the art of assuming at a moment’s notice a new intellectual position, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the art of working out what is possible in a given time; for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage, and mental soberness.”

- Erwin Griswold, Dean of Harvard Law School, cited in, “The Liberal Arts as Guideposts in the 21st Century,” The Chronicle, http://bit.ly/xsx2OC

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