If you desire to learn, enter;
We bid you welcome.
The Quadrangle contains a number of commemorative plaques and inscriptions.
Two inscriptions on the east facade of the Brookings archway recognize the university's original founding in 1853 as Eliot Seminary and its re-naming as Washington University in 1857.
Above the archway is the Latin inscription "Discere Si Cupias Intra: Salvere Iubemus" ("If you desire to learn, enter: We bid you welcome").
The large granite plaque in the plaza in front of Brookings Hall commemorates the naming of the Danforth Campus in 2006.
The plaque embedded in the stone paving beneath the archway honors Washington University's c0-founder, first Chair of the Board and the third Chancellor, William Greenleaf Eliot. The plaque was given to the university during the centennial celebrations in 1953 by the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis.
Finally, on the west facade of Brookings Hall above the clock, the Latin inscription reads, "Cedunt Horae, Opera Manent" ("The hours go by, but the works remain").
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