All genuine learning is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just the memory. It is a process of discovery, in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher.

— Mortimer Adler

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


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.


More consequences for thought and action follow the affirmation or denial of God than from answering any other basic question.


I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith. They feel no obligation to understand what they believe. They may even wish not to have their beliefs disturbed by thought.


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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A good book can teach you about the world and about yourself.

You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser.


True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.


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.


Is it too much to expect from the schools that they train their students not only to interpret but to criticize; that is, to discriminate what is sound from error and falsehood, to suspend judgement if they are not convinced, or to judge with reason if they agree or disagree?


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


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.


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.


About Mortimer Adler

Quotes 92 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Philosopher
Birthday December 28, 1902

The truly great books are the few books that are over everybody's head all of the time.


Political democracy cannot flourish under all economic conditions.

Democracy requires an economic system which supports the political ideals of liberty and equality for all. Men cannot exercise freedom in the political sphere when they are deprived of it in the economic sphere.


Education is the sum total of one's experience, and the purpose of higher education is to widen our experiences beyond the circumscribed existence or our own daily lives.


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.


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.


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.


Only hidden and undetected oratory is really insidious.

What reaches the heart without going through the mind is likely to bounce back and put the mind out of business.


Love without conversation is impossible.


Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless.


The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.


Books are absent teachers.


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


The great authors were great readers, and one way to understand them is to read the books they read.


Work that is pure toil, done solely for the sake of the money it earns, is also sheer drudgery because it is stultifying rather than self improving.


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.


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


My chief reason for choosing Christianity was because the mysteries were incomprehensible. What's the point of revelation if we could figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible, then it would just be another philosophy.


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


The dictionary also invites a playful reading.

It challenges anyone to sit down with it in an idle moment. There are worse ways to kill time.


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


Angels are not merely forms of extraterrestrial intelligence.

They are forms of extra-cosmic intelligence.


There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human knowing and thinking. Wisdom is fortified, not destroyed, by understanding its limitations. Ignorance does not make a fool as surely as self-deception.


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


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.


Angels are able to know and understand better than the human intellect can, precisely because such knowledge and understanding comes to them by way of ideas infused in them by God.


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.


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.


There is no more irritating fellow than the man who tries to settle an argument about communism, or justice, or liberty, by quoting from Webster.


Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.


I suspect that most of the individuals who have religious faith are content with blind faith


In Aristotelian terms, the good leader must have ethos, pathos and logos.

The ethos is his moral character, the source of his ability to persuade. The pathos is his ability to touch feelings to move people emotionally. The logos is his ability to give solid reasons for an action, to move people intellectually.


All genuine learning is active, not passive.


... The person who, at any stage of a conversation, disagrees, should at least hope to reach agreement in the end. He should be as much prepared to have his own mind changed as seek to change the mind of another ... No one who looks upon disagreement as an occasion for teaching another should forget that it is also an occasion for being taught.


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


The ability to retain a child's view of the world with at the same time a mature understanding of what it means to retain it, is extremely rare - and a person who has these qualities is likely to be able to contribute something really important to our thinking.


The teacher's role in discussion is to keep it going along fruitful lines - be moderating, guiding, correcting and arguing like one more students.


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

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