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Education Light Darkness

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

- Allan Bloom

More Generation Music

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.

- Allan Bloom

Knew Student Lifetime

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

Specialized Parenting

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

Through Practice Magic

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.

- Allan Bloom

Man Truth Real

The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers.

- Allan Bloom

Which Play Living

We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part.

- Allan Bloom

Home Spirit Satisfied

The spirit is at home, if not entirely satisfied, in America.

- Allan Bloom

Most Important Reason

The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.

- Allan Bloom

About University Critical

Students now arrive at the university ignorant and cynical about our political heritage, lacking the wherewithal to be either inspired by it or seriously critical of it.

- Allan Bloom

Almost University Student

There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.

- Allan Bloom

Wait Entertainment Platter

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.

- Allan Bloom

Read Here Tendency

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

Education Might Completion

Education in our times must try to find whatever there is in students that might yearn for completion, and to reconstruct the learning that would enable them autonomously to seek that completion.

- Allan Bloom

Answers Resist Obstinate

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

Dead Come Recognized

As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.

- Allan Bloom

Form Reason Prejudice

Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.

- Allan Bloom

Most Reason Values

Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidiest and most pernicious illusion.

- Allan Bloom

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Will Which Sure

I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first.

- A. A. Milne

Which Golf Game

Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.

- A. A. Milne

Which Grown-Up Read

Is 'The Wind in the Willows' a children's book? Is 'Alice in Wonderland?' Is 'Treasure Island?' These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.

- A. A. Milne

Which Best Stories

All the best stories are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

- A. C. Benson

Which Here Shame

Here dead lie we because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose; but young men think it is, and we were young.

- A. E. Housman

Which Cunning Conceal

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

- A. E. Housman

Which Year Bought

Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

- A. E. van Vogt

Which Thoughts Deeds

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts.

- Allan Bloom

Bad Deeds Hearts

Somehow, what's in our hearts, good or bad is eventually translated into words and deeds.

- Andy Stanley

New Happiness Deeds

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thoughts Feels Deeds

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

- Aristotle

Over Deeds Note

Not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.

- Charles Reade

Big Deeds Accompany

Big words seldom accompany good deeds.

- Charlotte Whitton

His Ashamed Deeds

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

- Confucius

Other Thoughts Habits

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.

- Walter Bagehot

Think Thoughts Diet

I don't eat junk foods and I don't think junk thoughts.

- Peace Pilgrim

Think Thought Thoughts

Adults sometimes think children don't think. That's what propels them to order children around. But children do integrate thoughts and make sense of them. When I was a child, I thought about everything in the universe.

- T'Keyah Crystal Keymah

Most Thoughts World

The happiest people in this world are those who have the most interesting thoughts.

- William Lyon Phelps

Grow Thoughts Happiest

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.

- William Lyon Phelps

Thoughts Within Till

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write.

- William Makepeace Thackeray

Think Thoughts Negative

I try not to think about negative thoughts and possibilities and disaster and things like that.

- Rory Cochrane