Charles Eliot quote: “The endless controversies…

Charles Eliot, 1904
Charles Eliot, 1904


“The endless controversies whether language, philosophy, mathematics, or science supplies the best mental training, whether general education should be chiefly literary or chiefly scientific, have no practical lesson for us today. This university recognizes no real antagonism between literature and science, and consents to no such narrow alternatives as mathematics or classics, science or metaphysics. We would have them all, and at their best. To observe keenly, to reason soundly, and to imagine vividly are operations as essential as that of clear and forcible expression and to develop one of these faculties, it is not necessary to repress and dwarf the others.”

– Charles Eliot, President of Harvard University from 1869 – 1909


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“Charles Eliot quote: ‘The endless controversies…” sources: 

Quote – Educational Reform, Essays and Addresses, New York, 1901 / The Annals of America, Volume 10 1866- 1883 Reconstruction and Industrialization, Encyclopedia Britannica.

Portrait – Chas. W. Eliot. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>. / Wikimedia Commons