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What 10 famous people say about the humanities

Focusing on liberal arts at university is rarely sold as a path to career success. These people challenge that theory.

Earlier this week we unpicked a tired trope – the idea that studying humanities is no way to advance your career, especially if you want to be a leader in your field.

In fact, many students of the liberal arts have gone on to shape entire industries. Here are 10 such individuals on the value of the humanities.

Source: 2008 Harvard commencement address

Source: USA Today

Source: 2012 speech to Princeton University

Source: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Source: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Source: The Politic

Source: The opportunity costs of progressive education

Source: Feel Free: Essays

Source: 2008 lecture at the University of Victoria

Source: Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business


Amanda Ruggeri is a senior journalist and editor at BBC.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @amanda_ruggeri.

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