Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015     Views: 176914

This seems to be a rumor that is prevalent on the Internet, particularly in China.  We have found no trace of any mottos on a Harvard library wall, and Professor Robert Darnton states unequivocally, "As the university librarian, I can attest that no such writings exist on any of the walls at Harvard's 73 libraries."  (The Wall Street Journal, "A generation of Chinese students draws inspiration from a hoax about Harvard. " Nov 15th,2012)

There is also a thorough refutation at

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