Leo Strauss Quotes

Nothing ought to be said or done which could create the impression that unbiased reconsideration of the most elementary premises of philosophy is a merely academic or historical affair.

It is as absurd to expect members of philosophy departments to be philosophers as it is to expect members of art departments to be artists.

Philosophizing means then to ascend from public dogma to essentially private knowledge.

But the God of the Bible is not only One but the only possible One.

God is therefore unknowable. This is the fundamental premise of the Bible.

The clarification of our political ideas insensibly changes into and becomes indistinguishable from the history of political ideas.

God's reasons for communicating with man must be subsumed under his reason for communicating to him his account of his creation of the world - and man.

The contemporary rejection of natural right leads to nihilism â?? nay it is identical with nihilism

Education to perfect gentlemanship to human excellence liberal education consists in reminding oneself of human excellence of human greatness.

For try as one may to expel nature with a hayfork it will always come back.

Liberal education reminds those members of a mass democracy who have ears to hear of human greatness.

Life is too short to live with any but the greatest books.

If God is One and if there can be no other God there can be no idea of God.

Even by proving that a certain view is indispensable for living well one proves merely that the view in question is a salutary myth: one does not prove it to be true.

The silence of a wise man is always meaningful.

All there is to thinking is seeing something noticeable which makes you see something you weren't noticing which makes you see something that isn't even visible.

One cannot refute what one has not thoroughly understood.

If the highest things are unknowable then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.