Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Meandering in ideas . . .

Today is the birthday of Mortimer Jerome Adler (December 28, 1902 – June 28, 2001), philosopher, educator, and author.

Mortimer Adler and Robert Hutchins founded the Great Books of the Western World program and the Great Books Foundation. Mortimer Adler founded and served as director of the Institute for Philosophical Research in 1952 and was co-founder of The Center for the Study of The Great Ideas with Max Weismann.

"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
- Mortimer J. Adler

"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." - Mortimer J. Adler

"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
- Mortimer J. Adler

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

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live."
- Mortimer J. Adler

"Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men."
- Mortimer J. Adler

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