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The university motto is our founding principle, first spoken by Ezra Cornell on October 7, 1868, at the official dedication of Cornell University and the inauguration of its first president, Andrew Dickson White.

The motto can be used as a complete statement:

I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.

or in an abbreviated form, which should be punctuated exactly as shown:

... any person ... any study.

Misuse of the motto

any person, any study.
Any person, any study.
Any person - any study.
Any person. Any study.