"The lesson is that you never know in life whether something is going to work out to your advantage, even if it seems to be a terrible impediment."
Later, Harvard wanted to offer her an honorary law degree: "But it was on one condition: You must surrender your Columbia degree. My answer was that there was nothing that Harvard could offer me that would lead me to part with my Columbia degree."
Even later, Harvard offered to give her the honorary degree with no strings attached: "But I've gotten more mileage out of not getting the Harvard degree! Which has embarrassed them."