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    Question What is the meaning of - 'Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints'?

    Hello,

    in today's local newspaper, I saw this quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    "Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints."

    I am not able to quite understand this. Could someone please explain?

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    Re: What is the meaning of - 'Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints'?

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    Since it is a little out of context, I could be wrong about this, but I believe he means that colleges dislike anyone more 'brilliant' than they are, as convents would come to despise a saint for being more 'righteous' than they are.

    Basically, he's saying those institutions and the people in them are jealous of great minds.

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    Re: What is the meaning of - 'Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints'?

    Thank you SlickVic9000.
    There is no context - it was just printed in the newspaper with another quote. The newspaper prints 2 quotes and 2 new (modern) words every day.

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