Elon Musk

"It's just a wise move to not have Life-As-We-Know-It's eggs all in one basket." Elon Musk

“It's just a wise move to not have Life-As-We-Know-It's eggs all in one basket.” Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, which built the rocket that launched on Feb. 6, on why the Earth can benefit from space exploration, from a talk he gave at Amherst before receiving an honorary degree in 2009.

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev quote

“Gorbachev is hard to understand.” Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking about himself to Professor William Taubman, Emeritus. Taubman is the author of Mikhail Gorbachev: His Life and Times, which is reviewed by Paul Statt ’78 in the latest Amherst magazine

Reece Foy ’18

Quote by Reece Foy about attending the Sugar Bowl

“In less than an hour, I would be on a nationally televised broadcast of ESPN where more than 20 million people would see the name ‘Amherst’ written across my chest.” Reece Foy ’18, football player, political science major and local volunteer, on being honored as a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team at the Sugar Bowl 

Ursula K. Le Guin

"Obstinacy. And the fact that, although it's very hard work, I like writing." Quote by Ursula Le Guin

“Obstinacy. And the fact that, although it's very hard work, I like writing.” Ursula K. Le Guin, answering how she kept going after years of rejections from publishers. The interviewer was Nicholas O’Connell ’80, who edited At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers. Le Guin died on Jan. 22 at age 88. Note: Several classes at Amherst have covered works of Le Guin, including “Religion in Contemporary Fiction” (The Telling) and “Utopia/Dystopia” (The Dispossessed).

Waldo Shumway, class of 1911

Quote by Waldo Shumway: "Walked 17 Miles. Climbed 200 feet several times. Patagonia. Upper Cretaceous. Oysters. Shark's teeth. "

“Walked 17 Miles. Climbed 200 feet several times. Patagonia. Upper Cretaceous. Oysters. Shark's teeth.” Diary entry of Waldo Shumway, class of 1911, on a dinosaur-fossil expedition with Professor Frederic Brewster Loomis, who unearthed the mammoth skeleton on display at the Beneski Museum of Natural History.

Jessica Bruder ’00

Quote by Jessica Bruder: It was bewildering, like having a front-row seat to a play performed in a language I didn't understand.

“It was bewildering, like having a front-row seat to a play performed in a language I didn't understand.” Jessica Bruder ’00 , writing in Harper’s about how she helped to break one of the biggest news stories of our time. She talks about that article in Amherst magazine

Alexandra Purdy

Quote by Alexandra Purdy: I feel like I'm revealing to people a world they didn't know was there.

“I feel like I'm revealing to people a world they didn't know was there.” Assistant Professor of Biology Alexandra Purdy, speaking to Amherst magazine about her research into gut bacteria.

Richard Wilbur ’42

"Now winter downs the dying of the year, / And night is all a settlement of snow;" by Richard Wilbur

“Now winter downs the dying of the year, / And night is all a settlement of snow;” from "Year's End" by Richard Wilbur who died on Oct. 14, 2017. Amherst remembers the poet in The Splendor of Mere Being.” 

Mark Vanhoenacker ’96

Quote by Mark Vanhoenacker ’96 in praise of darkness

“Whatever your feelings about the longest night, the winter solstice — transcendent, yet precise; celestial, but very local — is worth pausing to savor. ” 747 Pilot Mark Vanhoenacker ’96, writing in The New York Times in praise of darkness