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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

We love even when our love is not requited.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriage, ultimately, is the practice of
becoming passionate friends.
- Harville Hendrix

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If you fear making anyone mad,
then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
- Jimmy Carter

Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.
The revolution that will save the world
is ultimately a personal one.
- Marianne Williamson

Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily.
They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
- Tim Berners-Lee

For behind all imperialism is ultimately the imperialistic individual,
just as behind all peace is ultimately the peaceful individual.
- Irving Babbitt

Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing,
the rest is mere sheep-herding.
- Ezra Pound

Pain is a difficult companion. There's no getting around that.
But, if pain is to be a companion, searching and discovering
your own best ways to travel with that pain
will lead you to the joy that you long to have.
They are your paths, your ways and while my experience
and the experiences of others may inspire you,
ultimately it will be the choices you discover
and make for yourself that lead you to certain joy
in the midst of your challenges.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone,
play a slide trombone, plant a small tree,
good God, now you're free.
- Ray Manzarek

There can be no vulnerability without risk;
there can be no community without vulnerability;
there can be no peace,
and ultimately no life, without community.
- M. Scott Peck

I can promote until I am blue in the face,
but ultimately nobody knows what makes a hit.
- Christian Slater

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates
the novel's aesthetic facade.
- Manuel Puig

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves
ultimately determines the quality of our lives.
- Tony Robbins

In a perfect world we would bring corporate tax rates
down to 25% or less so we can get competitive in the world economy.
Ultimately, I would love to see a flat tax.
- Eric Cantor

Being able to pit your wits against literally hundreds
of other people is really exciting and ultimately the
biggest single challenge for a poker player.
- Tim Page

Ultimately, your theme will find you.
You don't have to go looking for it.
- Richard Russo

Ultimately it's a leap of faith and a leap of imagination
to put yourself back in time into those conditions
and situations and see how you would react.
- Derek Jacobi

But I think boys ultimately are easier than girls.
- Patricia Heaton

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings,
and not by the intellect.
- Herbert Spencer

Ultimately, it's an illusion that you can understand yourself.
- Paul Schrader

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which
liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.
- Dorothy Thompson

Businesses often forget about the culture,
and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can't
deliver good service from unhappy employees.
- Tony Hsieh

I believe that ultimately the situation in Kosovo can
only be resolved through self-determination.
- Eliot Engel

Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody,
ultimately.
- Gerry Mulligan

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that
we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.
- Gordon W. Allport

Ultimately love is everything.
- M. Scott Peck

Ultimately, I think it's just going to get you that exposure,
get you in that door, get you that recognition that
will hopefully get you opportunities.
- Shawn Ashmore

So ultimately, it's idealistic to think that artists
are able to step away from the power of the media and
the way it controls things,
and go on doing their own things.
- Thom Yorke

Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian,
too.
He had many faces; he wore many hats.
But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors.
- Derek Jacobi

I know it sounds hokey but I think, ultimately,
on television you can't hide who you are.
- Robert Urich

Ultimately, words are only words, and its only the
music that stands by itself.
- Joshua Homme


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