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Mortimer Adler Quotes & Quotations
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    Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not selfishly sexual or lustful. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    The love which moves the world, according to common Christian belief, is God's love and the love of God. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-AdlerMortimer Adler
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    We love even when our love is not requited. Mortimer-Adler/">Mortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-Adler/">Mortimer Adler
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    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. Mortimer-Adler/">Mortimer Adler