1. 10

    As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.

    11
  2. 9

    Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.

    11
  3. 8

    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.

    13
  4. 7

    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.

    13
  5. 6

    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.

    19
  6. 5

    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.

    24
  7. 4

    Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidest and most pernicious illusion.

    25
  8. 3

    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.

    27
  9. 2

    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.

    52
  10. 1

    Education is the movement from darkness to light.

    74
  11. Last Update: 3 October 2022

View the rest 93 Allan Bloom sayings