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Will Durant quotes: I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process
Will Durant quotes: Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity. Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
Will Durant quotes: Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith; tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous. Plato Intolerance is the natural concomitant of strong faith; tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous. Plato
Will Durant quotes: To give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self. To give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self.
Will Durant quotes: Communism is the opiate of the people. Communism is the opiate of the people.
Will Durant quotes: Argos the greatest tragedy in Greek legend was Argos the greatest tragedy in Greek legend was
Will Durant quotes: I was only 44, which is childhood philosophy. I was only 44, which is childhood philosophy.
Will Durant quotes: [N]o language has ever had a word for a virgin man. [N]o language has ever had a word for a virgin man.
Will Durant quotes: Contentment is rare among men as it is natural among animals Contentment is rare among men as it is natural among animals
Will Durant quotes: Freedom and equality are naturan born enemies. Freedom and equality are naturan born enemies.
Will Durant quotes: Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty. Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.
Will Durant quotes: Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day
Will Durant quotes: History is an excellent teacher with few pupils. History is an excellent teacher with few pupils.
Will Durant quotes: Men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things. Men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things.
Will Durant quotes: Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos. Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
Will Durant quotes: War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy. War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy.
Will Durant quotes: [W]orship, if not the child, is at leastthe brother, of fear. [W]orship, if not the child, is at least
the brother, of fear.
Will Durant quotes: life must breed. life must breed.
Will Durant quotes: Liberty is a luxury of security; the free individual is a product and a mark of civilization. Liberty is a luxury of security; the free individual is a product and a mark of civilization.
Will Durant quotes: The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife. The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
Will Durant quotes: A disintegrating individualism had weakened the Athenian character, and left the city a prey at last to the sternly-nurtured Spartans. A disintegrating individualism had weakened the Athenian character, and left the city a prey at last to the sternly-nurtured Spartans.
Will Durant quotes: The state is the soul of man enlarged under the microscope of history. The state is the soul of man enlarged under the microscope of history.
Will Durant quotes: Coarse necessities of physical existence drag him from the heights of thought into the mart of economic strife and gain. Coarse necessities of physical existence drag him from the heights of thought into the mart of economic strife and gain.
Will Durant quotes: Nothing is new except arrangement. Nothing is new except arrangement.
Will Durant quotes: Progress is the increasing control of the environment by life. Progress is the increasing control of the environment by life.
Will Durant quotes: The Institutional Church (ecclesia) has killed only two kinds of people: Those who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who do. The Institutional Church (ecclesia) has killed only two kinds of people: Those who do not believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and those who do.
Will Durant quotes: A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean
Will Durant quotes: Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be. Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be.
Will Durant quotes: In Constantinople, more Christians were slaughtered by Christians in the years 342-343 than by all the persecutions by pagans in the history of Rome. In Constantinople, more Christians were slaughtered by Christians in the years 342-343 than by all the persecutions by pagans in the history of Rome.
Will Durant quotes: versions of Hippocrates' Prognostics, Galen On Foods, and versions of Hippocrates' Prognostics, Galen On Foods, and
Will Durant quotes: Often your face is your autobiography Often your face is your autobiography
Will Durant quotes: By 1911 I found it impossible to continue my pretenses to orthodoxy; By 1911 I found it impossible to continue my pretenses to orthodoxy;
Will Durant quotes: I have tried to be impartial, though I know that a man's past always colors his views, and that nothing else is so irritating as impartiality. I have tried to be impartial, though I know that a man's past always colors his views, and that nothing else is so irritating as impartiality.
Will Durant quotes: Facts replaced understanding; and knowledge, split into a thousand isolated fragments, no longer generated wisdom. Facts replaced understanding; and knowledge, split into a thousand isolated fragments, no longer generated wisdom.
Will Durant quotes: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
Will Durant quotes: History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness. History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness.
Will Durant quotes: This is the tragedy of almost every civilization - that its soul is in its faith, and seldom survives philosophy. This is the tragedy of almost every civilization - that its soul is in its faith, and seldom survives philosophy.
Will Durant quotes: Economic development specializes functions, differentiates abilities, and makes men unequally valuable to their group. Economic development specializes functions, differentiates abilities, and makes men unequally valuable to their group.
Will Durant quotes: Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt - particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms. Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt - particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms.
Will Durant quotes: Who will dare to write a history of human goodness? Who will dare to write a history of human goodness?
Will Durant quotes: It was his motto that one lived best by the hidden life - bene vixit qui bene latuit. It was his motto that one lived best by the hidden life - bene vixit qui bene latuit.
Will Durant quotes: In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever. In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever.
Will Durant quotes: In philosophy all truth is old and only error is original. In philosophy all truth is old and only error is original.
Will Durant quotes: One of the lessons of history is that the gods can be silent in many languages. One of the lessons of history is that the gods can be silent in many languages.
Will Durant quotes: For you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrificed in the turbulence of change. For you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrificed in the turbulence of change.
Will Durant quotes: He who steals from a citizen," said Cato, "ends his days in fetters and chains; but he who steals from the community ends them in purple and gold."17 He who steals from a citizen," said Cato, "ends his days in fetters and chains; but he who steals from the community ends them in purple and gold."17
Will Durant quotes: You can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. You can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
Will Durant quotes: in both cases the desire for knowledge had ended bliss. Sophisticates in both cases the desire for knowledge had ended bliss. Sophisticates
Will Durant quotes: Says a fine Greek adage, "is the gift of nature; but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom.") Says a fine Greek adage, "is the gift of nature; but beautiful living is the gift of wisdom.")
Will Durant quotes: Make wisdom human to the adolescent mind. Make wisdom human to the adolescent mind.
Will Durant quotes: Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ. Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ.
Will Durant quotes: Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime. Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.
Will Durant quotes: The soul of a civilization is its religion, and it dies with its faith. The soul of a civilization is its religion, and it dies with its faith.
Will Durant quotes: There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war. There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
Will Durant quotes: If you wish to be loved, be modest; if you wish to be admired, be proud; if you wish both, combine external modesty with internal pride. If you wish to be loved, be modest; if you wish to be admired, be proud; if you wish both, combine external modesty with internal pride.
Will Durant quotes: Art lies in conceiving and designing, not in the actual execution' - this was left for lesser minds. Art lies in conceiving and designing, not in the actual execution' - this was left for lesser minds.
Will Durant quotes: A cat has a reputation to protect. If it had a halo, it would be worn cocked to one side. A cat has a reputation to protect. If it had a halo, it would be worn cocked to one side.
Will Durant quotes: The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages. The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.
Will Durant quotes: The Egyptians enjoyed a great variety of diseases, though they had to die of them without knowing their Greek names. The Egyptians enjoyed a great variety of diseases, though they had to die of them without knowing their Greek names.
Will Durant quotes: There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion. There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.
Will Durant quotes: Death like style is the removal of rubbish. Death like style is the removal of rubbish.
Will Durant quotes: How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself. How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.
Will Durant quotes: If we rated greatness by the influence of the great, we will say Muhammad is the greatest of the great in history If we rated greatness by the influence of the great, we will say Muhammad is the greatest of the great in history
Will Durant quotes: but trial by combat was unknown. but trial by combat was unknown.
Will Durant quotes: Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance. Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
Will Durant quotes: Nothing is lost in history: sooner or later every creative idea finds opportunity and development, and adds its color to the flame of life. Nothing is lost in history: sooner or later every creative idea finds opportunity and development, and adds its color to the flame of life.
Will Durant quotes: Cultural creation ... begins where chaos and insecurity end. Cultural creation ... begins where chaos and insecurity end.