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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Allan Bloom on belief, philosophy, books, writing, deception, vision, reading, limits, community, truth, tolerance and education.

8 Quotes By Allan Bloom That You Must Read

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Allan Bloom, born Allan David Bloom, was an American philosopher, classicist and academician. Acknowledged for one of his best-selling books ‘The Closing of the American Mind’, Bloom was a critique of American university education and also scrutinized the growing influence of Nietzsche and other European philosophers on the prevalent academic discourse in America. His works were mainly themed on liberal education. Starting his career as a teacher in Yale, Cornell and at the University of Toronto, he also served as a member of the ‘Telluride Association’ which focused on intellectual development and self-governance during his time in Cornell. His first finished work was entitled as ‘Shakespeare’s Politics’ which includes three essays on Shakespeare’s essays. His most widely recognized work was the translation of ‘The Republic of Plato’. Giants and Dwarfs’, ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau’ and ‘Confronting the Constitution’ are some of his other works.‘The Closing of the American Mind’, this book was critically acclaimed by people all over the world.  In this book, Bloom has argued that higher education has failed democracy. Bloom worked for the fundamental rights of students throughout his life. ‘Love and Friendship’ was the last book written by this American philosopher. The thoughts, work and life of this philosopher will enlighten you on the importance of getting the right education. We have assembled few of Allan Bloom’s quotes and sayings which are sure to inspire you. Here is a collection of quotes and sayings by Allan Bloom on belief, philosophy, books, writing, deception, vision, reading, limits, community, truth, tolerance and education.

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 Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

Education is the movement from darkness to light.

- Allan Bloom

Commitment is a word invented in our abstract modernity to signify the absence of any real motives in the soul for moral dedication.

- The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

Error is indeed our enemy, but it alone points to the truth and therefore deserves our respectful treatment.

- The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

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.

- The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

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.

- Allan Bloom

These sociologists who talk to facilely about the sacred are like a man who keeps a toothless old circus lion around the house in order to experience the thrills of the jungle.

- The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

Shakespeare is to me the purest voice of nature, and he does no meddle with nature. His plays provide us with the greatest variety of erotic expression, and with Shakespeare eros is the proper term to use.

- Love and Friendship, Allan Bloom