Quotations From ALLAN BLOOM

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  • 1.
    The real community of man ... is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Student and the University," pt. 3, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).

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  • 2.
    There is no real teacher who in practise does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. The Closing of the American Mind, preface (1987).

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  • 3.
    Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor, that he was ignorant. Now every high-school student knows that. How did it become so easy?
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. The Closing of the American Mind, introduction (1987).

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  • 4.
    Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise ... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).

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  • 5.
    The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede," pt. 3, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
  • 6.
    Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "From Socrates' Apology to Heidegger's Rektoratsrede," pt. 3, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).

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  • 7.
    The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency—the belief that the here and now is all there is.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "Books," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
  • 8.
    As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).
  • 9.
    The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration.
    Allan Bloom (20th century), U.S. educator. The Closing of the American Mind, preface (1987).
  • 10.
    The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.
    Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "Two Revolutions and Two States of Nature," pt. 2, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).

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