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Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard University. Credit: E. Chickering and Co. of Boston (CC0)

At a dinner held in his honor one evening, Harvard president Charles W. Eliot was regaled by toasts from several professors. "Since you became president," one colleague enthused, "Harvard has become a storehouse of knowledge.""What you say is true, but I can claim little credit for it," Eliot replied. "It is simply that the freshmen bring so much in and the seniors take so little away!"

[The original admission requirements for Harvard required that scholars be "able to understand Tully, or such like classical author, extempore and make and speak true Latin in verse and prose, and decline perfectly the paradigms of nouns and verbs in the Greek tongue." ]

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