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  1. Education is the movement from darkness to light.
  2. Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidest and most pernicious illusion.
  3. The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
  4. The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.
  5. Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.
  6. There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.
  7. As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.
  8. Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
  9. [Rock and the intellectual Left] must both be interpreted as parts of the cultural fabric of late capitalism. Their success comes from the bourgeois' need to feel that he is not bourgeois.
  10. Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.

Allan Bloom Short Quotes

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  • The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.
  • We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished.
  • The self is the modern substitute for the soul.
  • It may well be that a societys greatest madness seems normal to itself.
  • The substance of my being has been informed by the books I learned to care for.
  • Every age is blind to its own worst madness.
  • University convention submerges nature. It issues licenses, and hunting without one is forbidden.

Allan Bloom Quotes On Education

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The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself. — Allan Bloom

An education, other than purely professional or technical, can even seem to be an impediment. — Allan Bloom

The importance of these [college] years for an American cannot be overestimated. They are civilization's only chance to get to him. — Allan Bloom

Education is not the taming or domestication of the soul's raw passions - not suppressing them or excising them, which would deprive the soul of its energy - but forming and informing them as art. — Allan Bloom

There is no real education that does not respond to felt need; anything else acquired is trifling display. — Allan Bloom

Education is not sermonizing to children against their instincts and pleasures, but providing a natural continuity between what they feel and what they can and should be. — Allan Bloom

Allan Bloom Quotes On Philosophical

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Professors of Greek forget or are unaware that Thomas Aquinas, who did not know Greek, was a better interpreter of Aristotle than any of them have proved to be, not only because he was smarter but because he took Aristotle more seriously. — Allan Bloom

Plato says a multitude can never philosophize and hence can never recognize the seriousness of philosophy or who really philosophizes. Attempting to influence the multitude results in forced prostitution. — Allan Bloom

The facile economic and psychological debunking of the theoretical life cannot do away with its irreducible beauties. — Allan Bloom

Allan Bloom Quotes On Real

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The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers. — Allan Bloom

Commitment is a word invented in our abstract modernity to signify the absence of any real motives in the soul for moral dedication. — Allan Bloom

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech. — Allan Bloom

The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contraditory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of potential knowers... of all men to the extent that they know. — Allan Bloom

Allan Bloom Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Historicism and cultural relativism actually are a means to avoid testing our own prejudices and asking, for example, whether men are really equal or whether that opinion is merely a democratic prejudice. — Allan Bloom

The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity but the one that removes the awareness of other possibilities, that makes it seem inconceivable that other ways are viable, that removes the sense that there is an outside. — Allan Bloom

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later. — Allan Bloom

We witness a strange inversion: on the one hand, the endeavor to turn the social contract into a less calculating and more feeling connection among its members; on the other hand, the endeavor to turn the erotic relationship into a contractual one. — Allan Bloom

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is. — Allan Bloom

Human nature must not be altered in order to have a problem-free world. Man is not just a problem-solving being, as behaviorists would wish us to believe, but a problem-recognizing and -accepting being. — Allan Bloom

A serious life means being fully aware of the alternatives, thinking about them with all the intensity one brings to bear on life-and-death questions, in full recognition that every choice is a great risk with necessary consequences that are hard to bear. — Allan Bloom

All literature up to today is sexist. The Muses never sang to the poets about liberated women. It's the same old chanson from the Bible and Homer through Joyce and Proust. — Allan Bloom

I am not a conservative — neo or paleo. Conservatism is a respectable outlook... I just do not happen to be that animal. — Allan Bloom

Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it. — Allan Bloom

Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor, that he was ignorant. Now every high-school student knows that. How did it become so easy? — Allan Bloom

Nietzsche said the newspaper had replaced the prayer in the life of the modern bourgeois , meaning that the busy, the cheap, the ephemeral, had usurped all that remained of the eternal in his daily life. — Allan Bloom

The distinction between private and public undermines the unity of spiritual strength, draining the public of the transcendent energies while trivializing them because the merely private life provides no proper stage for their action. — Allan Bloom

Did Romeo and Juliet have a ... "relationship"? The term "relationship" ... betokens a chaste egalitarianism leveling different ranks and degrees of attachment. — Allan Bloom

The self must be a tense bow. It must struggle with opposites rather than harmonize them, rather than turn the tension over to the great instruments of last manhood the skilled bow unbenders and Jesuits of our days, the psychiatrists, who, in the same spirit and as part of the same conspiracy of modernity as the peace virtuosos, reduce conflict. — Allan Bloom

Self-interest is hostile to the common good, but enlightened self-interest is not. And this is the best key to the meaning of enlightenment. — Allan Bloom

We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part. — Allan Bloom

As Western nations became more prosperous, leisure, which had been put off for several centuries in favor of the pursuit of property, the means to leisure, finally began to be of primary concern. But, in the meantime, any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, had disappeared. — Allan Bloom

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. — Allan Bloom

Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice. — Allan Bloom

Sycophancy toward those who hold power is a fact in every regime, and especially in a democracy, where, unlike tyranny, there is an accepted principle of legitimacy that breaks the inner will to resist.... Flattery of the people and incapacity to resist public opinion are the democratic vices, particularly among writers, artists, journalists and anyone else who is dependent on an audience. — Allan Bloom

The humanities are like the great old Paris Flea Market where, amidst masses of junk, people with a good eye found cast away treasures...They are like a refugee camp where all the geniuses driven out of their jobs and countries by unfriendly regimes are idling. — Allan Bloom

The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contradictory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers, that is, in principle, of all men to the extent they desire to know. But in fact this includes only a few, the true friends, as Plato was to Aristotle at the very moment they were disagreeing about the nature of the good. — Allan Bloom

To recognize that some of the things our culture believes are not true imposes on us the duty of finding out which are true and which are not. — Allan Bloom

Bacon, Locke, Descartes, Hume, and all the others knew they were giving rights to vulgarity. But in so doing in addition to caring for man's well-being they were providing rights for themselves. — Allan Bloom

It is easy today to deny God's creativity as a thing of the benighted past, overcome by science, but man's creativity, a thing much more improbable and nothing but an imitation of God's, exercises a strange attraction. — Allan Bloom

Only when the true ends of society have nothing to do with the sublime does "culture" become necessary as a veneer to cover over the void. Culture can at best appreciate the monuments of earlier faith; it cannot produce them. — Allan Bloom

Culture as art is the peak expression of man's creativity, his capacity to break out of nature's narrow bounds, and hence out of the degrading interpretation of man in modern natural and political science. — Allan Bloom

Openness, as currently conceived, is a way of making surrender to whatever is most powerful, or worship of vulgar success, look principled. — Allan Bloom

There is a perennial and unobtrusive view that morality consists in such things as telling the truth, paying one's debts, respecting one's parents and doing no voluntary harm to anyone. Those are all things easy to say and hard to do; they do not attract much attention, and win little honor in the world. — Allan Bloom

Intellectuals advertise their superiority to political practice but are absolutely in its thrall. It is no accident that Marxist theory and practice use the intellectuals as tools and keep them in brutal subservience. — Allan Bloom

Continental thinkers have been obsessed with bourgeois man as representing the worst and most contemptible failure of modernity, which must at all costs be overcome. Nihilism in its most palpable sense means that the bourgeois has won, that the future, all foreseeable futures, belong to him, that all heights above him and all depths beneath him are illusory and that life is not worth living on these terms. — Allan Bloom

We need history, not to tell us what happened or to explain the past, but to make the past alive so that it can explain us and make a future possible. — Allan Bloom

Most of all I admire Mozart's capacity to be both deep and rational, a combination often said to be impossible. — Allan Bloom

The de-eroticization of the world, a companion to its disenchantment ... seems to result from a combination of causes our democratic regime and its tendencies toward leveling and self-protection, a reductionist-materialist science that inevitably interprets eros as sex, and the atmosphere generated by "the death of God" and of the subordinate god, Eros. — Allan Bloom

The utilitarian behaves sensibly in all that is required for preservation but never takes account of the fact that he must die... His whole life is absorbed in avoiding death, which is inevitable, and therefore he might be thought to be the most irrational of men, if rationality has anything to do with understanding ends or comprehending the human situation as such. — Allan Bloom

Error is indeed our enemy, but it alone points to the truth and therefore deserves our respectful treatment. — Allan Bloom

A good education would be devoted to encouraging and refining the love of the beautiful, but a pathologically misguided moralism instead turns such longing into a sin against the high goal of making everyone feel good, of overcoming nature in the name of equality. ... Love of the beautiful may be the last and finest sacrifice to radical egalitarianism. — Allan Bloom

Any notion of the serious life of leisure, as well as men's taste and capacity to live it, has disappeared. Leisure has become entertainment. — Allan Bloom

A new language always reflects a new point of view, and the gradual unconscious popularization of new words, or of old words used in new ways, is a sure sign of a profound change in people's articulation of the world. — Allan Bloom

Once the law is broken with impunity, each man regains the right to any means he deems proper or necessary in order to defend himself against the new tyrant, the one who can break the law. — Allan Bloom

I am now even more persuaded of the urgent need to study why Socrates was accused. The dislike of philosophy is perennial, and the seeds of the condemnation of Socrates are present at all times, not in the bosoms of pleasure-seekers, who don't give a damn, but in those of high-minded and idealistic persons who do not want to submit their aspirations to examination. — Allan Bloom

Never did I think that the university was properly ministerial to the society around it. Rather I thought and think that society is ministerial to the university, and I bless a society that tolerates and supports an eternal childhood for some, a childhood whose playfulness can in turn be a blessing to society. — Allan Bloom

This nation's impulse is toward the future, and tradition seems more of a shackle to it than an inspiration. — Allan Bloom

Law may prescribe that the male nipples be made equal to the female ones, but they still will not give milk. — Allan Bloom

Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even especially the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. — Allan Bloom

The distinction between the world of commerce and that of "culture" quickly became the distinction between infrastructure and superstructure, with the former clearly determining the latter. — Allan Bloom

The old view was that delicacy of language was part of the nature, the sacred nature, of eros and that to speak about it in any other way would be to misunderstand it. What has disappeared is the risk and the hope of human connectedness embedded in eros. Ours is a language that reduces the longing for an other to the need for individual, private satisfaction and safety. — Allan Bloom

The artist is the most interesting of all phenomena, for he represents creativity, the definition of man. — Allan Bloom

The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is. — Allan Bloom

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of property were just what Aristotle did not talk about. They are the conditions of happiness; but the essence of happiness, according to Aristotle, is virtue. So the moderns decided to deal with the conditions and to let happiness take care of itself. — Allan Bloom

Socrates' way of life is the consequence of his recognition that we can know what it is that we do not know about the most important things and that we are by nature obliged to seek that knowledge. — Allan Bloom

Children tend to be rather better observers of adults' characters than adults are of children's, because children are so dependent on adults that it is very much in their interest to discover the weaknesses of their elders. — Allan Bloom

Various kinds of self-forgetting, usually accompanied by illusions and myths, make it possible to live without the intransigent facing of death-in the sense of always thinking about it and what it means for life and the things dear in life-which is characteristic of a serious life. — Allan Bloom

These sociologists who talk to facilely about the sacred are like a man who keeps a toothless old circus lion around the house in order to experience the thrills of the jungle. — Allan Bloom

It was not necessarily the best of times in America when Catholics and Protestants were suspicious of and hated one another; but at least they were taking their beliefs seriously, and the more or less satisfactory accommodations they worked out were not simply the result of apathy about the state of their souls. — Allan Bloom

Social science and humanities ... have a mutual contempt for one another, the former looking down on the latter as unscientific, the latter regarding the former as philistine. ... The difference comes down to the fact that social science really wants to be predictive, meaning that man is predictable, while the humanities say that he is not. — Allan Bloom

The expectation of substantive unity between natural science and social science has faded.... Gone is the cosmic intention of placing man in the universe. — Allan Bloom

The sirens sing sotto voce these days, and the young already have enough wax in their ears to pass them by without danger. — Allan Bloom

The students [of the 60's] substituted conspicuous compassion for their parents' conspicuous consumption. — Allan Bloom

Americans ... do not naturally apply the term "bourgeois" to themselves, or to anyone else for that matter. They do like to call themselves middle class, but that does not carry with it any determinate spiritual content. ... The term "middle class" does not have any of the many opposites that bourgeois has, such as aristocrat, saint, hero, or artist - all good. — Allan Bloom

Classical music is a special taste like Greek language or pre-Columbian archeology, not a common culture of reciprocal communication and psychological shorthand. — Allan Bloom

The first discipline modernity's originators imposed upon themselves was that of self-restraint, learning to live with vulgarity. Their high expectations for effectiveness were made possible by low expectations of what was to be. — Allan Bloom

Life Lessons by Allan Bloom

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  1. Allan Bloom encourages us to think for ourselves and to take responsibility for our own lives. He stresses the importance of cultivating our own personal values and beliefs, rather than relying on external sources for guidance.
  2. Bloom also emphasizes the value of education, both in terms of developing our own knowledge and understanding of the world, as well as in terms of fostering relationships with others.
  3. Finally, Bloom encourages us to be open to new ideas and experiences, and to be willing to challenge our own preconceived notions and beliefs in order to grow and develop.

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