Education is the movement from darkness to light.
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.
Our Nation, a great stage for the acting out of great thoughts, presents the classic confrontation between Locke’s views of the state of nature and Rousseau’s criticism of them… Nature is raw material, worthless without...
Commitment is a word invented in our abstract modernity to signify the absence of any real motives in the soul for moral dedication.
True openness is the accompaniment of the desire to know, hence of the awareness of ignorance. To deny the possibility of knowing good and bad is to suppress true openness.
Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise—-as priests, prophets or philosophers are wise. Specialized competence and success are all...
Error is indeed our enemy, but it alone points to the truth and therefore deserves our respectful treatment.
The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contradictory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers…of all men to the extent they desire...
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