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Loving someone may involve more than goodwill toward them-wishing to benefit them or give to them, but it must involve at least that. If it doesn't, it isn't love at all.
 

Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.
 

Most of the great stories of love-in novels and plays-are stories of erotic love.
 

Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men.
 

One of the aims of sexual union is procreation - the creation by reproduction of an image of itself, of the union.
 

One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.
 

Proper self-love is inseparable from the true love of another. In fact, it is its basis and measure. It is the second precept of charity. The mutuality of love arises from loving in ourselves the same excellence we love in others. Without amour-propre or proper self-respect, true love would be impossible.
 

The Greeks and Romans had different names for the different kinds of love. The Greeks used the word eros and the Romans used the word amor for the kind of love we call erotic, amorous, or sexual.
 

The love which moves the world, according to common Christian belief, is God's love and the love of God.
 

The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind.
 

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.
[Bodies]
 

The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.
 

The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.
 

Theories of love are found in the works of scientists, philosophers, and theologians.
 

There is no mutuality in ordinary desire: the hungry man wants to eat the food, but the food does not reciprocate-it doesn't want to be eaten.
 

There is only one situation I can think of in which men and women make an effort to read better than they usually do. It is when they are in love and reading a love letter.
 

Think how different human societies would be if they were based on love rather than justice. But no such societies have ever existed on earth.
 

Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love.
 

Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.
 

Unlike many of my contemporaries, I never write books for my fellow professors to read. I have no interest in the academic audience at all. I'm interested in Joe Doakes. A general audience can read any book I write - and they do.
 


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