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

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


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.


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


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


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.

    Topics: Love

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


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.


The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.


We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good for ourselves. We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good of others.


Love without conversation is impossible.

    Topics: Love

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.


There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. It is when they are in love and reading a love letter.

    Topics: Love

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


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

    Topics: Love

I find the selectivity of erotic love - the choice of this man or this woman - much more intelligible if liking the person is the origin of sexual interest, rather than the other way.


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.


Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.


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