What we do should have a Canadian character. Nobody looks his best in somebody else's clothes.
Canada is not a melting-pot. Canada is an association of peoples who have, and cherish, great differences but who work together because they can respect themselves and each other.
It is the University's function to turn out well-balanced persons with an understanding of themselves and of their place in life.
It would be foolish and wrong to ignore the fact that all our universities today tread a very dangerous path. Increasingly, they are accepting government money because they are doing things that government wants done. How great a peril is this in a democracy?
Truth must the guide of those who hold the power; but humility is their sign, the promise that their privileges are in safe hands.
History is the necessary food of good and noble sentiments. It ought to give us at once humility and confidence in the face of greatness.
The age which we live in is not suited to idle complacency or to pleasant dreams of past greatness.
The neglect of the humanities in present-day education is doubtless not a cause but a symptom of an age.
Rational comprehension of the universe is not enough. We must call to our aid not merely reason, but the vision and the spiritual insight of the ages. These things we must seek.
In fact, in the far North one sees the northern lights facing south!
We must pass through the barriers of language and race, of geography and religion, of custom and tradition and we must build on a common foundation.
The great menace of civilization in the present is that we offer an education with too little regard for the roots.
How great a quality is horse sense! Someone has defined it as that something which keeps horses from betting on men!
Old wives' tales are not enough in a day when old wives and old men, too, are constantly moving away from their labours.
Technology has been defined, perhaps a little ungenerously, as a long Greek name for a bag of tools.