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Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not
by Mortimer Adler

Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not
selfishly sexual or lustful.
- Mortimer Adler

Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous,
without being selfless.
- Mortimer Adler

Love without conversation is impossible.
- Mortimer Adler

Love wishes to perpetuate itself.
Love wishes for immortality.
- Mortimer Adler

 

Theories of love are found in the works of scientists,
philosophers, and theologians.
- Mortimer Adler

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like
ants instead of like men.
- Mortimer Adler

In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the
different kinds of love for which the ancients had distinct names.
- Mortimer Adler

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We love even when our love is not requited.
- Mortimer Adler

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction,
usually in the form of sensual pleasure,
that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love.
- Mortimer Adler

Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone,
each of us is deeply lonely.
- Mortimer Adler

When we ask for love, we don't ask others to be fair
to us-but rather to care for us,
to be considerate of us.
There is a world of difference here between demanding justice...
and begging or pleading for love.
- Mortimer Adler

I wonder if most people ever ask themselves why love
is connected with reproduction.
And if they do ask themselves about this,
I wonder what answer they give.
- Mortimer Adler

The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind.
- Mortimer Adler

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
- Mortimer Adler

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds,
unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
- Mortimer Adler

Think how different human societies would be if they
were based on love rather than justice.
But no such societies have ever existed on earth.
- Mortimer Adler

Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses,
can persist even after sexual desires have weakened,
withered, and disappeared.
- Mortimer Adler

If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage,
you cannot expect the book to give you any insight
you do not already possess.
- Mortimer Adler

Men value things in three ways: as useful,
as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent,
or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.
- Mortimer Adler

Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love.
- Mortimer Adler

In the case of good books, the point is not to see
how many of them you can get through,
but how many can get through to you.
- Mortimer Adler

Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.
- Mortimer Adler

Aristotle uses a mother's love for her child as the
prime example of love or friendship.
- Mortimer Adler

Ask others about themselves, at the same time,
be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.
- Mortimer Adler

There is only one situation I can think of in which
men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do.
It is when they are in love and reading a love letter.
- Mortimer Adler

The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life,
a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good,
by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.
- Mortimer Adler

Love consists in giving without getting in return;
in giving what is not owed,
what is not due the other.
That's why true love is never based,
as associations for utility or pleasure are,
on a fair exchange.
- Mortimer Adler

The telephone book is full of facts,
but it doesn't contain a single idea.
- Mortimer Adler

One of the aims of sexual union is procreation -
the creation by reproduction of an image of itself,
of the union.
- Mortimer Adler

You have to allow a certain amount of time in which
you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you,
to let your mind think.
- Mortimer Adler

The love which moves the world, according to common Christian belief,
is God's love and the love of God.
- Mortimer Adler

We acknowledge but one motive - to follow the truth as we know it,
whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts
we are well assured that the truth which has made us free,
will in the end make us glad also.
- Mortimer Adler

I find the selectivity of erotic love -
the choice of this man or this woman -
much more intelligible if liking the person is the
origin of sexual interest,
rather than the other way.
- Mortimer Adler

One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century
champions of the Christian faith was that not one of
the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.
- Mortimer Adler

It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if,
in addition to the need or want involved,
there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the
persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure.
- Mortimer Adler

We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly
concerned with the good for ourselves.
We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly
concerned with the good of others.
- Mortimer Adler

Freud's view is that all love is sexual in its origin or its basis.
Even those loves which do not appear to be sexual or
erotic have a sexual root or core.
They are all sublimations of the sexual instinct.
- Mortimer Adler

I am sensual and very physical.
I'm very erotic.
But my sexuality exists on a sort of a fantasy level.
- Donna Summer

I need three million dollars to make a low-budget,
intellectual, artistic, exciting, erotic movie with a great soundtrack.
- Ray Manzarek

It's difficult for me to say, but I don't think the
sex scenes are particularly erotic.
- Mark Rylance

It has been very erotic and provocative for people
to wonder about my feelings for women.
- Catherine Deneuve

I will always admit immediately to what's obvious,
which is that Homo sapiens is inherently erotic or
inherently sensual from birth.
- Jock Sturges

Shared laughter is erotic too.
- Marge Piercy

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition
of the erotic within our lives and,
taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic
not only in sexual terms.
- Audre Lorde

Too often, older women are seen as victims,
but I know lots of formidable women who have marvellous
jobs as well as a full erotic life,
and children and friends and family.
- Francesca Annis

The paintings that really excite me have an erotic
element or side to them irrespective of subject matter.
- Lucian Freud

The only foreplay I really need is for a guy to kiss my hip bone.
The hip is the most erotic and neglected body part.
Kiss the hip bone with your lips.
- Karen McDougal

Gossip, even when it avoids the sexual,
bears around it a faint flavor of the erotic.
- Patricia Meyer Spacks

First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club.
And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl.
- Marion Berry

In fact, I don't believe I'm guilty of any crimes,
but I've always been drawn to and fascinated by physical,
sexual and psychological change, and there's an erotic aspect to that.
- Jock Sturges

There's nothing more erotic than a clean bill of health,
my friend.
- Chris A. Bridges

I don't like jokes in speeches.
I do like wit and humor.
A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
- James Humes

I do not deny that I have made drawings and watercolors of an erotic nature.
But they are always works of art.
Are there no artists who have done erotic pictures?
- Egon Schiele

A meal can be an erotic experience in itself.
- Alex Comfort

All art is erotic.
- Gustav Klimt

Certainly Dracula did bring a hell of a lot of joy
to a hell of a lot of women.
And if this erotic quality hadn't come out we'd have been very disappointed.
- Terence Fisher

Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to
the reception of erotic emotion.
Art is the accomplice of love.
Take love away and there is no longer art.
- Remy de Gourmont

Black women have always been these vixens,
these animalistic erotic women.
Why can't we just be the sexy American girl next door?
- Tyra Banks

I've done sexual stuff before - onstage,
which is even more emotionally difficult.
With a TV crew around, you are stopping and starting;
it becomes really technical.
It's not erotic at all.
- Randy Harrison

I always want to write erotic music...
Not only about the love between men and women,
but in a much more universal sense -
about the sensuality of the mechanism of the universe...
about life.
- Toru Takemitsu

I am a big fan of vampires.
I've always been obsessed with the genre,
and the beautiful romanticism and erotic kind of nature of the immortal being,
the undead who lives on human blood.
- Alex O'Loughlin

No nude, however abstract, should fail to arouse in
the spectator some vestige of erotic feeling,
even if it be only the faintest shadow -
and if it does not do so it is bad art and false morals.
- Kenneth Clark

I don't think any of our lyrics have ever been erotic in a sexual term,
because I haven't really written, touched on,
that subject too often.
But, uh...
I mean, I suppose they could point the finger at us
for violence maybe in certain songs.
- Scott Ian

The common erotic project of destroying women makes
it possible for men to unite into a brotherhood;
this project is the only firm and trustworthy groundwork
for cooperation among males and all male bonding is based on it.
- Andrea Dworkin

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping
of females begins when the doctor says:
It's a girl.
- Shirley Chisholm

We live in a country where people still get beaten
to death because of their sexual orientation.
- Peter Krause

Sexual liberation, as a slogan, turns out to be another kind of bondage.
For a woman it offers orgasm as her ultimate and major fulfillment;
it's better than motherhood.
- Victoria Billings

A trait which differentiated New York from European
cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life,
including sexual life, could be carried on,
on many levels.
- Jerzy Kosinski

In a society in which equality is a fact,
not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault
and humiliation will be nonsense syllables.
- Catharine MacKinnon

We're making far too big a deal out of our sexual preferences.
It's just another form of narcissism,
and I think it can be a big problem and a tremendous obstacle.
- Andrew Cohen


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