"Con la cultura non si mangia" ("With the culture you don't eat"):  Giulio Tremonti, former Minister of Economics and Finance of the Italian Government under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2004, from 2005 to 2006, and from 2008 to 2011.

"Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world": Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, victory speech 2012.

"Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle": Albert Camus (1913 – 1960), French novelist, journalist, and philosopher.

"A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning": Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881), British Prime Minister and statesman.

"Once we have the data that give us the States we’ll be looking at the debt and the deficit and compare commitments with what they did, is a purely arithmetical exercise". Jyrki Katainen, European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs (Oct. 13, 2014). A purely arithmetic exercise? European economic policy is just that? What a wonderful idea (unfortunately for him, the 2014 Nobel prize in Economic Sciences has been just awarded to Jean Tirole)! Indeed the effects of his (and others') ideas are in front of us...