Commitment is a word invented in our abstract modernity to signify the absence of any real motives in the soul for moral dedication. Commitment is gratuitous, motiveless, because the real passions are all low and selfish. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
There are some who are men and women at the age of sixteen, who have nothing more to learn about the erotic. They are adult in the sense that they will no longer change very much. They may become competent specialists, but they are flat-souled. The world is for them what it presents itself to the senses to be; it is unadorned by imagination and devoid of ideals. This flat soul is what the sexual wisdom of our time conspires to make universal. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
Commitment is the equivalent of faith when the living God has been supplanted by self-provided values. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
The student who made fun of playing the guitar under a girl's window will never read or write poetry under her influence. His defective eros cannot provide his soul with images of the beautiful, and it will remain coarse and slack. It is not that he will fail to adorn or idealize the world; it is that he will not see what is there. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
A value is only a value if it is life-preserving and life-enhancing. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
Lessing, speaking of Greek sculpture, said "beautiful men made beautiful statues, and the city had beautiful statues in part to thank for beautiful citizens." This formula encapsulates the fundamental principle of the esthetic education of man. (Allan Bloom, The closing of the American mind)
It may well be that a society's greatest madness seems normal to itself. (Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind)
Students have not the slightest notion of what an achievement it is to free oneself from public guidance and find resources for guidance within oneself. Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind