Mortimer Adler

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Born Sunday 28 December 1902, died Thursday 28 June 2001

Professions: Author, Educator, Philosopher

Nationality: American

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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We love even when our love is not requited.

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

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

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

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