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Mortimer Adler
December 28, 1902 - June 28, 2001
Nationality: American
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: American Philosopher

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

    Topics: 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.


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.


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

    Topics: Love

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.


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.


Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.

    Topics: Love

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


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.

    Topics: Education

We love even when our love is not requited.

    Topics: Love

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


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


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


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

    Topics: Friendship

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.


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

    Topics: Christianity

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.

    Topics: Love

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

    Topics: Love

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

    Topics: Love

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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