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By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

It is one of the most culpable oversights of nature that virtue and beauty so often come in separate packages.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

All that is good in our history is gathered in libraries. At this moment, Plato is down there at the library waiting for us. So is Aristotle. Spinoza is there and so is Kats. Shelly and Byron adn Sam Johnson are there waiting to tell us their magnificent stories. All you have to do is walk in the library door and the great company open their arms to you. They are so happy to see you that they come out with you into the street and to your home. And they do what hardly any friend will-- they are silent when you wish to think.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Hunting is now to most of us a game, whose relish seems based upon some mystic remembrance, in the blood, of ancient days when to hunter as well as hunted it was a matter of life and death.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

The failure of the Reformation to capture France had left for Frenchmen no half-way house between infallibility and infidelity; and while the intellect of Germany and England moved leisurely in the lines of religious evolution, the mind of France leaped from the hot faith which had massacred the Huguenots to the cold hostility with which La Mettrie, Helvetius, Holbach, and Diderot turned upon the religion of the fathers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Grow strong, my comrade … that you may stand Unshaken when I fall; that I may know The shattered fragments of my song will come At last to finer melody in you; That I may tell my heart that you begin Where passing I leave off, and fathom more.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Will Durant

Magic begins in superstition, and ends in science. ... At every step the history of civilization teaches us how slight and superficial a structure civilization is, and how precariously it is poised upon the apex of a never-extinct volcano of poor and oppressed barbarism, superstition and ignorance. Modernity is a cap superimposed upon the Middle Ages, which always remain.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Man is an emotional animal, occasionally rational; and through his feelings he can be deceived to his heart's content.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Will Durant

The institutions, conventions, customs and laws that make up the complex structure of a society are the work of a hundred centuries and a billion minds; and one mind must not expect to comprehend them in one lifetime, much less in twenty years.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Civilizations come and go; they conquer the earth and crumble into dust; but faith survives every desolation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Will Durant

No society can survive if it allows its members to behave toward one another in the same way in which it encourages them to behave as a group toward other groups; internal cooperation is the first law of external competition. The struggle for existence is not ended by mutual aid, it is incorporated, or transferred to the group. Other things equal, the ability to compete with rival groups will be proportionate to the ability of the individual members and families to combine with one another. Hence every society inculcates a moral code, and builds up in the heart of the individual, as its secret allies and aides, social dispositions that mitigate the natural war of life; it encourages by calling them virtues those qualities or habits in the individual which redound to the advantage of the group, and discourages contrary qualities by calling them vices. In this way the individual is in some outward measure socialized, and the animal becomes a citizen.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Will Durant

I was only 44, which is childhood philosophy.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Will Durant

In the midst of unprecedented learning popular ignorance flourished, and chose its exemplars to rule the great cities of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Forced to choose, the poor, like the rich, love money more than political liberty; and the only political freedom capable of enduring is one that is so pruned as to keep the rich from denuding the poor by ability or subtlety and the poor from robbing the rich by violence or votes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is what happened on the banks.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Will Durant

Great men speak to us only so far as we have ears and souls to hear them; only so far as we have in us the roots, at least, of that which flowers out in them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Will Durant

If you do not want to commit suicide always have something to do." -Voltaire

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

Who will dare to write a history of human goodness?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Philosophy is harmonized knowledge making a harmonious life; it is the self-discipline which lifts us to serenity and freedom. Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is liberty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Destroy it. There may be a redistribution of the land, but the natural inequality of men soon re-creates an inequality of possessions and privileges, and raises to power a new minority with essentially the same instincts as the old.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Will Durant

[W]orship, if not the child, is at least the brother, of fear.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Can a civilization hold together if man abandons his faith in God?

By Anonym 17 Sep

Will Durant

Make wisdom human to the adolescent mind.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

India was the motherland of our race and Samskrit the mother of Europe 's languages...Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Rome remained great as long as she had enemies who forced her to unity, vision, and heroism. When she had overcome them all she flourished for a moment and then began to die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality, so lofty ethic, and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

The victors called the revolution a triumph of liberty; but now and then liberty in the slogans of the strong means freedom from restraint in the exploitation of the weak.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

Continue to express your dissent and your needs, but remember to remain civilized, for you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrified in the turbulence of change.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Will Durant

For you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrificed in the turbulence of change.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Progress is the domination of chaos by mind and purpose, of matter by form and will. It need not be continuous to be real.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Will Durant

We must steel ourselves against utopias and be content with a slightly better state.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing he will never get the answers.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

There is hardly an absurdity of the past that cannot be found flourishing somewhere in the present.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Liberty is a luxury of security; the free individual is a product and a mark of civilization.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Will Durant

The lazy will always attribute genius to some 'inspiration' that comes for mere waiting.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Will Durant

The matter of sedition is of two kinds: much poverty and much discontentment....The causes and motives of sedition are, innovation in religion; taxes; alteration of laws and customs; breaking of privileges; general oppression; advancement of unworthy persons, strangers; dearths; disbanded soldiers; factions grown desperate; and whatsoever in offending people joineth them in a common cause.' The cue of every leader, of course, is to divide his enemies and to unite his friends. 'Generally, the dividing and breaking of all factions...that are adverse to the state, and setting them at a distance, or at least distrust, among themselves, is not one of the worst remedies; for it is a desperate case, if those that hold with the proceeding of the state be full of discord and faction, and those that are against it be entire and united.' A better recipe for the avoidance of revolutions is an equitable distribution of wealth: 'Money is like muck, not good unless it be spread.' But this does not mean socialism, or even democracy; Bacon distrusts the people, who were in his day quite without access to education; 'the lowest of all flatteries is the flattery of the common people;' and 'Phocion took it right, who, being applauded by the multitude, asked, What had he done amiss?' What Bacon wants is first a yeomanry of owning farmers; then an aristocracy for administration; and above all a philosopher-king. 'It is almost without instance that any government was unprosperous under learned governors.' He mentions Seneca, Antonius Pius and Aurelius; it was his hope that to their names posterity would add his own.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Will Durant

Nobody loves a policeman until he needs one.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

The finger that turns the dial rules the air.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Will Durant

We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Will Durant

Knowledge that does not generate achievement is a pale and bloodless thing, unworthy of mankind.