"The average length of tenure of the big city school superintendents is two-and-a-half years. A messiah is parachuted into a city and by the time they have found out where the restrooms are they're out" Michael Usdan, Institute of Educational Leadership
"Sometimes I feel like the classic liberal - someone who is too open-minded to take his own side in an argument."
William Boyd, Pennsylvania State University
"Yukon territory spends $14,000 per youngster - much more than in the south of Canada. Yes, there is a south of Canada."
Charles Ungerleider, University of British Columbia
"Occupancy by more than 1,759 persons is dangerous and unlawful."
Notice at the entrance to a huge conference meeting room in Chicago's Hyatt-Regency hotel
"I know what my epitaph will be: 'Curiosity did not kill this cat'." Studs Terkel, Pulitzer prize-winning writer and broadcaster
"When I asked Studs to speak at this conference he said he was 'too damn busy'. He was writing a book and had a deadline. I asked him what his deadline was and he replied: 'I'm 90 years old ... I'm the deadline'."
William Ayers, University of Illinois
"White men were born on third base (of the baseball field) but they thought they hit a triple." Brenda Campbell-Jones, Azusa Pacific University