Leo Strauss (1899-1973)

"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."

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

"The purpose of a liberal education, to quote Strauss would be to, 'provide a ladder by which we try to ascend from mass democracy to democracy as originally meant.' Another way of putting 'mass democracy' would be to say mass culture. To further quote Strauss:

'. . . it demands from us the complete break with the noise, the rush, the thoughtlessness, the cheapness of the Vanity Fair of the intellectuals as well as of their enemies. It demands from us the boldness implied in the resolve to regard the accepted views as mere opinions, or to regard the average opinions as extreme opinions which are at least as likely to be wrong as the most strange or the least popular opinions. Liberal education is liberation from vulgarity. The Greeks had a beautiful word for vulgarity; they called it apeirokalia, lack of experience in things beautiful. Liberal education supplies us with experience in things beautiful.'"