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Will Durant Quote: “India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of mature mind, understanding spirit and a unifying, pacifying love for all human beings.”
Will Durant Quote: “Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.”
Will Durant Quote: “Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.”
Will Durant Quote: “Nothing is new except arrangement.”
Will Durant Quote: “Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.”
Will Durant Quote: “Liberty is a product of order.”
Will Durant Quote: “The family is the nucleus of civilization.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “Caesar’s armies marched on vegetarian foods.”
Will Durant Quote: “There is no real philosophy until the mind turns around and examines itself.”
Will Durant Quote: “Civilizations come and go; they conquer the earth and crumble into dust; but faith survives every desolation.”
Will Durant Quote: “Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom, and in the end superior ability has its way.”
Will Durant Quote: “Silence is the beginning of wisdom.”
Will Durant Quote: “Plato complains that whereas in simpler matters – like shoe-making – we think only a specially-trained person will serve our purpose, in politics we presume that every one who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state.”
Will Durant Quote: “When the universe has crushed him man will still be nobler than that which kills him, because he knows that he is dying, and of its victory the universe knows nothing.”
Will Durant Quote: “History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness.”
Will Durant Quote: “Inquiry is fatal to certainty.”
Will Durant Quote: “If we rated greatness by the influence of the great, we will say “Muhammad is the greatest of the great in history.”
Will Durant Quote: “When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.”
Will Durant Quote: “When liberty destroys order the hunger for order will destroy liberty.”
Will Durant Quote: “Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.”
Will Durant Quote: “To rulers religion, like almost everything else, is a tool of power.”
Will Durant Quote: “It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.”
Will Durant Quote: “Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.”
Will Durant Quote: “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”
Will Durant Quote: “The South creates the civilizations, the North conquers them, ruins them, borrows from them, spreads them: this is one summary of history.”
Will Durant Quote: “Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.”
Will Durant Quote: “The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.”
Will Durant Quote: “Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.”
Will Durant Quote: “Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.”
Will Durant Quote: “The world wisely prefers happiness to wisdom.”
Will Durant Quote: “Men are not content with a simple life: they are acquisitive, ambitious, competitive, and jealous; they soon tire of what they have, and pine for what they have not; and they seldom desire anything unless it belongs to others.”
Will Durant Quote: “Progress is the increasing control of the environment by life.”
Will Durant Quote: “Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.”
Will Durant Quote: “Inequality is not only natural and inborn, it grows with the complexity of civilization.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “The principle of democracy is freedom, the principle of war is discipline; each requires the absence of the other.”
Will Durant Quote: “All forms of governments destroy themselves, by carrying their basic principles to excess. Democracies become too free in politics, in economics, in morals – even in literature and art, until at last even the dogs in our homes, rise up on their hind legs and demand their rights. Disorder grows to such a point that society will then abandon all its liberty to anyone who can restore order.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “In the last analysis civilization is based upon the food supply.”
Will Durant Quote: “There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “If our economy of freedom fails to distribute wealth as ably as it has created it, the road to dictatorship will be open to any man who can persuasively promise security to all.”
Will Durant Quote: “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 Quote: “Homer is right: “Bad is the lordship of many; let one be your ruler and master.” For such a man law would be rather an instrument than a limit: “for men of eminent ability there is no law – they are themselves a law.”
Will Durant Quote: “A book is a friend that will do what no friend does – be silent when we wish to think.”
Will Durant Quote: “History seldom destroys that which does not deserve to die; and the burning of the tares makes for the next sowing a richer soil.”
Will Durant Quote: “So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him.”
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