Quotes

11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.
11 November 2014
Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.
11 November 2014
As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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?
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
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.
11 November 2014
The real community of man ... is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers.
11 November 2014
The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.

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