Leo Strauss

Leo Strauss
Leo Strauss
  • Born: September 20, 1899
  • Died: October 18, 1973
  • Nationality: German
  • Profession: Philosopher









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...no bloody or unbloody change of society can eradicate the evil in man: as long as there will be men, there will be malice, envy and hatred, and hence there cannot be a society which does not have to employ coercive restraint. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All political action aims at either preservation or change. Liberals & Conservatives
Democracy, in a word, is meant to be an aristocracy which has broadened into a universal aristocracy. Democracies & Republics
Education … is the only answer to the always pressing question … of how to reconcile order which is not oppression with freedom which is not license. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every result of science is provisional and subject to future revision Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
History teaches us that a given view has been abandoned in favor of another by all men, or by all competent men, or perhaps by only the most vocal men; it does not teach us whether the change was sound or whether the rejected view deserved to be rejected. History
It is of the essence of traditions that they cover or conceal their humble foundations by erecting impressive edifices on them. Miscellaneous
Liberal relativism has its roots in the natural right tradition of tolerance or in the notion that everyone has a natural right to the pursuit of happiness as he understands happiness; but in itself it is a seminary of intolerance. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One could grant to science and history everything they seem to teach regarding the age of the world, the origin of man, the impossibility of miracles, the impossibility of the immortality of the soul, and of the resurrection of the body, the Jahvist, the Elohist, the third Isaah, and so on, without abandoning one iota of the substance of the Jewish faith. Religion & God
One evades discussion of serious issues by the simple device of passing them off as value problems, whereas, to say the least, many of these conflicts arose out of man’s very agreement regarding values. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Our ideas are only partly our ideas. Most of our ideas are abbreviations or residues of the thought of other people …. This means that the clarification of our political ideas insensibly changes into and becomes indistinguishable from the history of political ideas. History
Our understanding of the thought of the past is liable to be the more adequate, the less the historian is convinced of the superiority of his own point of view, or the more he is prepared to admit the possibility that he may have to learn something, not merely about the thinkers of the past, but from them. History
We can be or become wise in all matters of secondary importance, but we have to be resigned to utter ignorance in the most important respect: we cannot have any knowledge regarding the ultimate principles of our choices, i.e. regarding their soundness or unsoundness... We are then in the position of beings who are sane and sober when engaged in trivial business and who gamble like madmen when confronted with serious issues. Policy & Policy Making
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 possible One. Religion & God
God is therefore unknowable. This is the fundamental premise of the Bible. Religion & God
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. Religion & God
I cannot know anything of which there is and can be only one.
If God is One, and if there can be no other God, there can be no idea of God. Religion & God
If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.