• True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline

    Mortimer J. Adler
  • Wonder is the beginning of wisdom in learning from books as well as from nature

    Mortimer J. Adler
  • Is it too much to expect from the schools that they train their students not only to interpret but to criticize; that is, to discriminate what is sound from error and falsehood, to suspend judgement if they are not convinced, or to judge with reason if they agree or disagree?

    Mortimer J. Adler
  • There are genuine mysteries in the world that mark the limits of human knowing and thinking. Wisdom is fortified, not destroyed, by understanding its limitations. Ignorance does not make a fool as surely as self-deception

    Mortimer J. Adler
  • If your friend wishes to read your 'Plutarch's Lives,' 'Shakespeare,' or 'The Federalist Papers,' tell him gently but firmly, to buy a copy. You will lend him your car or your coat - but your books are as much a part of you as your head or your heart

    Mortimer J. Adler
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