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.
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.
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.
The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself.
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.
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.
The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers.
Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.