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Will Durant Quote: “Caesar’s armies marched on vegetarian foods.”
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: “Science tells us how to heal and how to kill; it reduces our death rate in retail and then kills us wholesale in war; but only wisdom – desire coordinated in the light of all experience – can tell us when to heal and when to kill.”
Will Durant Quote: “Man is an emotional animal, occasionally rational; and through his feelings he can be deceived to his heart’s content.”
Will Durant Quote: “History repeats itself in the large because human nature changes with geological leisureliness.”
Will Durant Quote: “Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.”
Will Durant Quote: “Inquiry is fatal to certainty.”
Will Durant Quote: “To rulers religion, like almost everything else, is a tool of power.”
Will Durant Quote: “Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.”
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: “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: “Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.”
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: “Progress is the increasing control of the environment by life.”
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: “There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.”
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.”
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: “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: “Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.”
Will Durant Quote: “Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power.”
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: “Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.”
Will Durant Quote: “Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.”
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: “Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.”
Will Durant Quote: “Contentment is rare among men as it is natural among animals.”
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: “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: “As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.”
Will Durant Quote: “Underneath all civilization, ancient or modern, moved and still moves a sea of magic, superstition, and sorcery. Perhaps they will remain when the works of our reason have passed away.”
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 crossroads of trade are the meeting place of ideas, the attrition ground of rival customs and beliefs; diversities beget conflict, comparison, thought; superstitions cancel one another, and reason begins.”
Will Durant Quote: “The past is not dead. Indeed, it is often not even past.”
Will Durant Quote: “Human progress having reached a high level through respect for the liberty and dignity of men, it has become desirable to re-affirm these evident truths.”
Will Durant Quote: “Morality, said Jesus, is kindness to the weak; morality, said Nietzsche, is the bravery of the strong; morality, says Plato, is the effective harmony of the whole.”
Will Durant Quote: “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 Quote: “In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever.”
Will Durant Quote: “The finger that turns the dial rules the air.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
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: “There is no real philosophy until the mind turns around and examines itself.”
Will Durant Quote: “Hence I think it is that democracies change into aristocracies, and these at length into monarchies,′ people at last prefer tyranny to chaos. Equality of power is an unstable condition; men are by nature unequal; and ‘he who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity.’ Democracy has still to solve the problem of enlisting the best energies of men while giving to all alike the choice of those, among the trained and fit, by whom they wish to be ruled.”
Will Durant Quote: “It is one of the most culpable oversights of nature that virtue and beauty so often come in separate packages.”
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