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Stanford Quotes

We’ve collected the best Stanford Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Issa Rae, Robert Hass, Tabitha Soren, Tristan Harris, John T. Chambers. Use them as an inspiration.

My first web series, ‘Dorm Diaries,’ was a realistic mockumentary about what it was like to be black at Stanford University. I’m black and I went to Stanford. Boom. Easy.
When I was in high school in the ’50s you were supposed to be an Elvis Presley, a James Dean, a Marlon Brando or a Kingston Trio type in a button-down shirt headed for the fraternities at Stanford or Cal.
Robert Hass
For the last year I’ve been at Stanford University as a student and I’ve had time to read the newspaper.
Tabitha Soren
I noticed when I was at Stanford, there was a class called the persuasive technology design class, and it was a whole lab at Stanford that teaches students how to apply persuasive psychology principles into technology to persuade people to use products in a certain way.
What makes Silicon Valley really work? It’s a unique combination of great educational institutions – especially at Stanford – that generate engineers and a culture that starts companies.
I had a lot of college debt. It’s very difficult to go to a university that is as expensive as Stanford and then blindly follow your passions when they don’t immediately make money out of the gate.
When I left Stockton and went to Stanford, I felt I hit the lotto. I did not think I was coming back.
I chose Stanford for Stanford and not for the coach. I was going to Stanford regardless.
When I came into the NBA from Stanford, I had already decided what type of player I would be. I wanted to be the best player and teammate I could be, but not attract too much attention or make too much noise. I didn’t want people to start asking questions about my personal life.
I founded Atari in my garage in Santa Clara while at Stanford. When I was in school, I took a lot of business classes. I was really fascinated by economics. You end up having to be a marketeer, finance maven and a little bit of a technologist in order to get a business going.
There’s been a lot of coaches, a lot of guys at Stanford, a lot of guys at my high school. A lot of guys in the NBA. Bill Cartwright comes to mind, a lot of people I’ve learned from.
Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever.
Ken Auletta
Growing up in Silicon Valley, during my time at Morgan Stanley and as a member of Stanford’s Board, I’ve had the opportunity to experience firsthand how tech companies can help people in their daily lives.
When I came to the United States in 2004 to attend university at Stanford, I was instantly inspired by the stories and advice from startup leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond, who had endeavoured to create new opportunities and improve lives around the world.
Stanford’s an amazing, amazing school. It was an extraordinary soccer program.
At 17, I went to Stanford University to study engineering. My time was occupied with the required reading and the extracurricular duties of managing the baseball and football teams and earning my way.
I decided to do graduate studies in virology at Stanford University in California because it had a hospital, which made working on clinical applications easier.
Stanford did a lot for me, and I’ve always felt indebted. It was a lenient and productive environment.
James H. Clark
If I hadn’t gone to Stanford, I’d be working at P&G now.
At 16, when I was at Henry M. Gunn High School, I had a crush on the English teacher, and my grades improved dramatically. This great school had only 400 students, mostly children of Stanford professors, and it was more usual to have classes under one of the oak trees dotted around the campus than in the classroom.
Caroline Lawrence
The thing which attracted me to Google and to the Internet in general is that it’s a great equalizer. I’ve always been struck by the fact that Google search worked the same, as long as you had access to a computer with connectivity, if you’re a rural kid anywhere or a professor at Stanford or Harvard.
If the Ivy League was the breeding ground for the elites of the American Century, Stanford is the farm system for Silicon Valley.
Ken Auletta
I went to Stanford.
Stanford had no journalism program so I just learned by doing, effectively.
I was the good girl who never needed disciplining, who made straight A’s. I applied and was accepted to Stanford University.
Hoover himself had risen from the most modest means of any president since Abraham Lincoln. Orphaned as a small boy, he worked his way through Stanford’s ‘pioneer‘ class – the first freshmen at Stanford. He started his mining career in hard labor.
I dabbled in writing, wrote really bad poetry in high school. I also took a few writing classes when I was an undergrad at Stanford. I was so intimidated.
I actually didn’t know anything about Stanford. It was the only school I really did a lot of research on.
When secular figures are turned into divinities, they way they are in Peian Yang or Stanford University – that I don’t like.
When I came to California, the first four parts I did were Stanford students. I think I should get an honorary degree from them.
I was studying at Stanford University with two quarters left to go before receiving an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Then, I got the telephone call from my mother. I had no choice. I went home, and I jumped into the company feet first, right from day one. There was no time to grieve my father.
I can remember in second grade coming back from school and telling my mom, ‘You know what, before I play in the NBA, I want to go to Stanford.’ Because of her, I had everything figured out.
I was at Stanford University up in the West Coast Bay Area, so the biggest song of my freshman year was ‘I Got 5 on It’ by Luniz, and the ‘I Got 5 on It’ remix was the joint that everybody was jamming constantly. And then it was also at that particular time that I became a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan.
My first week at Stanford, I bought a computer, and it was the first computer I ever owned. I had to be taught how to turn it on and even how to use a mouse, even though, for a lot of people, a mouse is very intuitive.
What other school in the country is top five academically and top five in football? There isn’t one – except Stanford.
One of the main reasons I went to Stanford was to run in a pro-style offense and show I can run between the tackles 25 to 30 times consistently.
Usually, to promote a new work, I’ll aspire to be published in the ‘Columbia Law Review‘ or the ‘Stanford Law Review’ and to have at least five really enticing footnotes.
If you go to Wall Street, there is someone from Harvard, Stanford, etc, who relate to each other by the batch they studied in, the dorm they lived in, and so on.
I’ve learned to not forecast anything beyond the year, because when I went to Stanford, I originally wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. So it’s just hilarious to look back at all of the things I wanted to do.
My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones I had held previously in that my own ambitions must take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work.
Robert B. Laughlin
I had a scholarship to Stanford because I won three California Speech tournaments. Before I started Stanford, I told my mother I wanted to take a bus into Hollywood and see if I could get an agent.
Stan Freberg
Ruchi Sanghvi
Later, at Stanford University, I thought I’d become a lawyer or businessman, but my father came to me and said he thought there was a big future in the fine-wine business.
Robert Mondavi
At Stanford, it was a little bit difficult for players to ‘D’ me up in the post, so that was a strength of ours. We just pounded it in the block. But I really feel I could play both the 4 or 5 position.
The Stanford prison experiment came out of class exercises in which I encouraged students to understand the dynamics of prison life.
When I was nine, we moved to Stanford University in San Francisco so that my father could do a Ph.D. I went to Terman Junior High in Palo Alto. It was terrible, because my hormones were all over the place, and I became an ugly adolescent full of rage and loathing.
Caroline Lawrence
You think Bill Gates would have dropped out of Harvard and toiled away creating Microsoft if he thought the government was going to take most of the company? Or Steve Jobs – drop out of Stanford to create Apple?
The key to making healthy decisions is to respect your future self. Honor him or her. Treat him or her like you would treat a friend or a loved one. A Stanford study showed that those who saw a photo of their future self made smarter financial decisions.
A. J. Jacobs
I don’t think I could have thought of any place other than Stanford to leave Harvard for.
Alvin E. Roth
The big AI dreams of making machines that could someday evolve to do intelligent things like humans could – I was turned off by that. I didn’t really think that was feasible when I first joined Stanford.
We were really going with what worked at Stanford. It was difficult for players to ‘D’ me up in the post, so that was a strength of ours and we just pounded it in the block.
If a student takes a Stanford computer class and a Princeton business class, it shows they are motivated and have skills. We know it has helped employees get better jobs.
Daphne Koller
When I came out of Stanford, I looked at my brilliant classmates, who were going into Wall Street high finance, Silicon Valley, advanced engineering, and I said to myself, ‘Jeff, go into an industry where nobody can add.’
Jeff Bewkes
Stanford’s law school application wasn’t the standard combination of college transcript, LSAT score, and essays. It required a personal sign-off from the dean of your college: You had to submit a form, completed by the dean, attesting that you weren’t a loser.
You looked at Stanford or Harvard, or the University of Colorado, these were powerful engines just turning out people ready to create and grow businesses.
I went to classes on writing for film and theatre as well as short stories at Stanford.
In marked contrast to the University of Wisconsin, Biochemistry was hardly visible at Stanford in 1945, consisting of only two professors in the chemistry department.
Paul D. Boyer
Even as a college professor at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford, I saw myself as an entrepreneur, and I went out, took risks, and tried to invent new things, such as participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge and working on self-driving cars.
I know some people will roll their eyes at this, but it’s not like you can totally put academics on pause during March Madness (well, maybe at some schools). At Stanford, you had to handle your business.
In my son’s kindergarten, they’re telling us how to get him into Stanford. By their advice, I’m doing everything wrong, because I’m trying to make him happy rather than putting him through as many piano lessons as possible.
I was lucky enough at Stanford to have Vic Fangio as the defensive coordinator for a year, and then Jason Tarver.
I grew up in Adelaide, Australia. No one in my family had finished high school, and I was smart at mathematics, so I became an academic and got my Ph.D. in computer science at Stanford. I didn’t set out to be a businessperson.
I was very nervous about going up to teach at Stanford and very nervous even about going to ARPA.
I think that the culture at Stanford really shapes how you view the world, and you get a lot more out of an entrepreneurial mindset.
My friends and I started that motto early in high school – that attitude, that mentality – from way back then: Want to go to Stanford? Why not? Want to play in the NBA? Why not?
I am an English major in school with an emphasis in creative writing. I think hearing Maya Angelou speak at school last year was one of the best moments Stanford, at least, intellectually, had to offer.