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Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like
by Mortimer Adler

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size of the fight in the dog.
- Mark Twain

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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