We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. [...] by its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies - all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.
I felt that we could hardly improve on the conception of the university expressed by one of the founders of the modern system, wilhelm von humboldt, also one of the founders of classical liberalism. That seems to me true today as well, though ideals of course have to be adapted to changing circumstances.