Academic Integrity

Quotes to reflect on and respond to

From Gary Pavela, Academic Integrity Seminar online

[1] ARISTOTLE’S GENERAL: “[T]he man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune may bring, and will always act nobly as circumstances permit, just as a good general makes the most strategic use of the troops at his disposal, and the shoemaker makes the best shoe he can from the leather available . . . “


[14] DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov: “The main thing is that you stop telling lies to yourself. The one who lies  to himself and believes his own lies comes to a point where he can distinguish no truth  either within himself or around him, and thus enters into a state of disrespect towards himself and others. Respecting no one, he loves no one, and to amuse and divert himself in the absence of love, he gives himself up to his passions and to vulgar delights and becomes a complete animal  in his vices, and all of it from perpetual lying to other people and to himself.”



[17] EINSTEIN:  “How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…


Lost job in 1832.
Defeated for state legislature in 1832.
Failed in business in 1833.
Elected to state legislature in 1834.
Sweetheart died in 1835.
Had nervous breakdown in 1836.
Defeated for Speaker in 1838.
Defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843.
Elected to Congress in 1846.
Lost renomination in 1848.
Rejected for land officer in 1849.
Defeated for U.S. Senate in 1854.
Defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856.
Again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858.
Elected President in 1860.

[31a] RILKE: “The Man Watching”:
What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm
we would become strong too, and not need names.

When we win it’s with small things,
What is extraordinary and eternal
does not want to be bent by us.
I mean the Angel who appeared
to the wrestlers of the Old Testament:
when the wrestler’s sinews
grew long like metal strings,
he felt them under his fingers
like chords of deep music.

Whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
Winning does not tempt that man.
This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.



[33] LIPPMAN, Walter: A Preface to Morals: “In all the great moral philosophies…it is taught that one of the conditions of happiness is to renounce some of the satisfactions which men normally crave…With minor variations it is a common theme in the teaching of an Athenian aristocrat like Plato, and Indian nobleman like Buddha, and a humble Jew like Spinoza.”



[48] TRAINING THE HIGHER SELF.  See “Empathy: Could It Be What You’re Missing?” by Washington, D.C. Psychotherapist Douglas LaBeir. Washington Post, December 25, 2007.

Research shows that as you refocus your thoughts, feelings and behavior in the direction you desire, the brain regions associated with them are reinforced. What’s more, changing your brain activity reinforces the changes you’re making in your thinking. The result is a self-reinforcing loop between your conscious attitudes, your behavior and your brain activity.



Policies, Regulations and Ordinances Regarding Academic Honesty and Integrity


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