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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