Cyrus Gordon, quoted in Leonard Greenspoon, Max Leopold Margolis: A Scholar's Scholar
(Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1987), p. 35:
Margolis would ask each student to take a special assignment, such as a particular version or commentary and be responsible for its evidence. He told me on my first day in class to handle the Syriac version. 'But I don't know Syriac,' I protested. He looked at me sternly and growled, 'Where do you think you are? In a kindergarten? Go home and learn Syriac.'
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.