My father, who was technically an immigrant—he came when he was an infant—wanted me to be an American, preferably an American president. He didn’t go to college. Before I was born he wanted me to go specifically to Yale, which he thought would help. It was easy for him to think I could be president: […]
When my first semester grades came out, my mom and dad told me I wouldn’t be playing football.
I’m not an intellectual in any sense, I have constraints of erudition. I’m not able to deal with things outside my ken, and that makes me irritable. I’m irritable about the fact that I never went to university.
The overvaluation of intelligence among cultured people in our country has reached a frightening degree. Not only our public schools and our colleges and universities, but also our research institutions give the impression that the intelligence test is the only criterion of man’s mental endowment… It is as if imagination, moral courage, creative facilities were […]