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Mortimer Adler quotes

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

Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 without conversation is impossible.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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