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All books will become light in proportion as you find light in them.
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Another example of heroic love is the American hero.
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Aristotle uses a mother's love for her child as the prime example of love or friendship.
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Ask others about themselves, at the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself.
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Benevolent desires and giving represent the altruistic or unselfish aspect.
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Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared.
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Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not selfishly sexual or lustful.
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Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
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Freud's view is that all love is sexual in its origin or its basis. Even those loves which do not appear to be sexual or erotic have a sexual root or core. They are all sublimations of the sexual instinct.
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Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.
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Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.
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I find the selectivity of erotic love - the choice of this man or this woman - much more intelligible if liking the person is the origin of sexual interest, rather than the other way.
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I wonder if most people ever ask themselves why love is connected with reproduction. And if they do ask themselves about this, I wonder what answer they give.
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If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love.
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If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess.
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In English we must use adjectives to distinguish the different kinds of love for which the ancients had distinct names.
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In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.
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It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure.
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Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless.
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Love consists in giving without getting in return; in giving what is not owed, what is not due the other. That's why true love is never based, as associations for utility or pleasure are, on a fair exchange.
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Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality.
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Love without conversation is impossible.
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Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.
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My chief reason for choosing Christianity was because the mysteries were incomprehensible. What's the point of revelation if we could figure it out ourselves? If it were wholly comprehensible, then it would just be another philosophy.
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Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.
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Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men.
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One of the aims of sexual union is procreation - the creation by reproduction of an image of itself, of the union.
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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.
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The love which moves the world, according to common Christian belief, is God's love and the love of God.
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The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind.
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The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.
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The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
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The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.
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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.
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Theories of love are found in the works of scientists, philosophers, and theologians.
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There are theories of taxation. So there are theories of love.
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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.
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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.
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To avoid being drawn into the meshes of love is not so hard a the toils, to issue out and break through the strong bonds of Venus.
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Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love.
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Unless we love and are loved, each of us is alone, each of us is deeply lonely.
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We acknowledge but one motive - to follow the truth as we know it, whithersoever it may lead us; but in our heart of hearts we are well assured that the truth which has made us free, will in the end make us glad also.
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We also say we love our freedom, which is something we certainly need but do not love.
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We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good for ourselves. We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good of others.
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We love even when our love is not requited.
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When children, or adults as well, say that they love pleasant things to eat or drink, or that they love to do this or that, they think they are saying no more than that they like something, that it pleases them, or that they want it.
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When it becomes necessary to move into the imaginary world without sex, I'll give you notice.
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When we ask for love, we don't ask others to be fair to us-but rather to care for us, to be considerate of us. There is a world of difference here between demanding justice... and begging or pleading for love.
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You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.
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