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Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.

To take the measure of oneself by reference to one's colleagues leads to envy or complacency rather than constructive self-examination.

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Yale's greatness carries an urgent need to guard against the fall of excellence into exclusivity, of refinement into preciousness, of elegance into class and convention.

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Yale is a crucible in American life for the accommodation of intellectual achievement, of wisdom, of refinement, with the democratic ideals of openness, of social justice and of equal opportunity.

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