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Mortimer Adler Quotes and Sayings

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Love without conversation is impossible.
- Mortimer Adler

Related topics: Love

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

We love even when our love is not requited.
- 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

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

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

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do all things with love.
- Og Mandino

Love is granting another the space to be
the way they are and the way they are not.
- Werner Erhard

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love Without Limits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Love me when I least deserve it,
because that's when I really need it.
- Swedish Proverb

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

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Your love is more powerful
than your words or your actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where There is Love,
Nothing is Missing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)

I have found that if you love life,
life will love you back.
- Arthur Rubinstein

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey


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