“To make learning the servant of the State . . . is a self-demeaning prostitution that forfeits every valid claim of influence. But even if the State is inspired by a nobler aim, as is our own regime; even if, as in our country, learning is too proud to stoop; still, learning in our realm will flourish and attain honor if university life grows up again from its own root and into its own life and so outgrows the guardianship of the State.”

–Abraham Kuyper, “Sphere Sovereignty”
inaugural lecture, Free University of Amsterdam
October 1880