"The defense is the committee's last act of humiliation before they choke the graduate student at commencement with the hood."
"So long and thanks for the Ph.D.!" [Ronald Azuma's blog]
"Graduate school is like a stage 3 cancer diagnosis. You have to endure years of painful therapies (like prelims) before you graduate and go into remission. But the process of surviving changes you and leaves permanent scars." [A friend's perspective]
"I have met many a moron that had a Ph.D."
"And while it is important to be willing to learn, there is a difference between humility and humiliation." [Gradhacker blog]
Ronald Azuma's blog