On January 15th, 2001 Prof. Wacław Walecki said:
Our land and nation have for centuries belonged to the realm of West
European spiritual culture thanks to the vitally keen decision of
Prince Mieszko I to be baptized in the Latin Rite. It is therefore no
surprise that numerous Latin proverbs and dicta took root in Polish
consciousness and have continued to our days as universal expressions.
One of them I believe to be perfectly suited to today's ceremony. This
is the one that states that SCIENTIA NIHIL EST ALIUD, QUAM VERITATIS
IMAGO — KNOWLEDGE IS NO MORE THAN BUT THE VERY IMAGE OF TRUTH.
For this is us who in our daily work discover this truth and build
this truth up. Can there be any more admirable walk-of-life than the
one that is based on learning the truth and on advancing truth? There
is another factor to this truth which we, the faculty of The
Jagiellonian University, were told about on 8th June, 1997 by Pope
John Paul II: GAUDIUM VERITATIS: THE JOY OF DISCOVERING THE TRUTH. Let
this joy of discovering the truth accompany us form this day, my
Fellow Professors, to even a greater degree.