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.
~ Allan Bloom, in The Closing of the American Mind
The parents must have knowledge of what has happened in the past, and prescriptions for what ought to be, in order to resist the philistinism or the wickedness of the present.
~ Allan Bloom, in Closing of the American Mind, page 57
There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.
~ Allan Bloom, in The Closing of the American Mind (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1987), page 25