What others have written or said - indirectly - about the Academy of Hard Knocks, in a manner of intellectual and ontological reflection...

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."
-- Children (while also attending primary school)

"You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish.  I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be.  It's their mistake, not my failing."
-- Richard P. Feynman

"Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly."
-- Plato of Athens

"If we have free will, by definition we cannot be granted it.  We can't be given it.  My [-audio-recording-distorted-] paradox states that 'Of course we have free will, we have no choice.'  To say that it's a gift is to negate the whole concept of free will on its face.  So, if that isn't self-evident, I can't think of anything that would meet the definition of being self-evident."
-- Christopher Hitchens

"To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity."
-- Douglas Noel Adams

"To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering."
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

"A revolution is not a bed of roses.  A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past."
-- Fidel Castro of Cuba

"The important thing is to not stop questioning."
-- Albert Einstein