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Jacob Bronowski.
The Ascent of Man.
BBC. 1973

The symbol of the University [of Göttingen] is the iron statue outside the Rathskeller of a barefoot goosegirl that every student kisses at graduation. The University is a Mecca to which students come with something less than perfect faith. It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known but to question it.

-- Chapter 11 "Knowledge or Certainty", p360