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  • Do you know what maxim is inscribed on the university's Main Building?

    By Marjorie Smith
    Published: Nov. 9, 2009
    Do

    The answer is “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

    Wood Hall, a stone carver, carved the words “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” on the Main Building in 1935. Born in Bloomington, Ind., Hall followed in his father’s footsteps and became a stone carver as a teen. He spent nearly three weeks on scaffolding to carve the lettering on the Main Building.

    Read the full history online.

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      John Turner said on April 6, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.
      Those words were the first thing I saw when I arrived on campus back in 1972. All those books, and professors, and laboratories, and classes filled with students debating it and arguing about it, but nevertheless hungry for one thing - THE TRUTH. Societal paradigm shifts in thinking have distorted, debated, and sometimes revealed the truth. I'm glad those words were chiseled in stone. Some things never change, despite our overt attempts to force change upon the people we are here to serve and co-exist with. The truth often hurts, and sometimes divides us, but it is always there -like an epiphany- waiting for us to receive it. Somewhere, amid all the controlled chaos of an education, and really- right there in our hearts and minds- lies THE truth. UT is as good a place to seek truth as there is. Just be careful not to be deceived. It is a process that may take you a lifetime to achieve. Never stop seeking. Never stop learning. Never stop listening to your heart.
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      Danny Gardner said on Jan. 15, 2011 at 10:41 p.m.
      Interesting indeed that a Bible verse would be carved on the main building.
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      utbiograd said on Dec. 11, 2009 at 12:02 p.m.
      It is John 8:32, spoken by Jesus Himself. I find it funny how people mock Him and Christianity and won't accept the truths behind it that are still applicable to us today.
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