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.
Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
Ask others about themselves, at the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.
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.
The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.
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.
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.
...money-making and other external indices of social success must become subordinate to the inner attainments of moral and intellectual virtue.
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.
f local civil government is necessary for local civil peace, then world civil government is necessary for world peace.
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.
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.
...an adequate reform of public education in our school system cannot be accomplished by anything like a quick fix. We suspect that anyone who thinks otherwise cannot fully understand the shape of an adequate reform or all the obstacles to be overcome in achieving it.
Aristotle uses a mother's love for her child as the prime example of love or friendship.
Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared.
Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not selfishly sexual or lustful.
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.
In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the different kinds of love for which the ancients had distinct names.
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.
Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless.
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.
Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.
Love without conversation is impossible.