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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: “Fundamentalism is the triumph of Paul over Christ.”
Will Durant Quote: “Time sanctifies everything; even the most arrant theft in the hands of the robber’s grandchildren becomes sacred and inviolable property.”
Will Durant Quote: “Music and religion are as intimately related as poetry and love; the deepest emotions require for their civilized expression the most emotional of arts.”
Will Durant Quote: “Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.”
Will Durant Quote: “Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.”
Will Durant Quote: “Every state begins in compulsion; but the habits of obedience become the content of conscience, and soon every citizen thrills with loyalty to the flag. The citizen is right; for however the state begins, it soon becomes an indispensable prop to order.”
Will Durant Quote: “History is so indifferently rich, that a case for almost any conclusion from it can be made by a selection of instances.”
Will Durant Quote: “There is no humorist like history.”
Will Durant Quote: “Radicalism is a luxury of stability; we may dare to change things only when things lie steady under our hands.”
Will Durant Quote: “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.”
Will Durant Quote: “The first form of culture is agriculture. It is when man settles down to till the soil and lay up provisions for the uncertain future that he finds time and reason to be civilized.”
Will Durant Quote: “As long as there is poverty there will be gods.”
Will Durant Quote: “Freedom and equality are naturan born enemies.”
Will Durant Quote: “Can a civilization hold together if man abandons his faith in God?”
Will Durant Quote: “Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law. Co-operation.”
Will Durant Quote: “If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.”
Will Durant Quote: “So the conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it – perhaps as much more valuable as roots are more vital than grafts.”
Will Durant Quote: “The great snare of thought is uncritical acceptance of irrational assumptions.”
Will Durant Quote: “A cat has a reputation to protect. If it had a halo, it would be worn cocked to one side.”
Will Durant Quote: “Paul created a theology of which none but the vaguest warrants can be found in the words of Christ.”
Will Durant Quote: “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 Quote: “In its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic.”
Will Durant Quote: “Never put a man in the wrong. He will hold it against you forever.”
Will Durant Quote: “Often your face is your autobiography.”
Will Durant Quote: “The older Romans used temples as their banks, as we use banks as our temples;.”
Will Durant Quote: “We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.”
Will Durant Quote: “If you look at a map of Europe you will observe that Greece is a skeleton-like hand stretching its crooked fingers out into the Mediterranean Sea.”
Will Durant Quote: “It was his motto that one lived best by the hidden life – bene vixit qui bene latuit.”
Will Durant Quote: “For you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrificed in the turbulence of change.”
Will Durant Quote: “There is hardly an absurdity of the past that cannot be found flourishing somewhere in the present.”
Will Durant Quote: “A sense of humor, being born of perspective, bears a near kinship to philosophy; each is the soul of the other.”
Will Durant Quote: “When Zeno, who did not believe in slavery, was beating his slave for some offense, the slave pleaded, in mitigation, that by his master’s philosophy he had been destined from all eternity to commit this fault; to which Zeno replied, with the calm of a sage, that on the same philosophy he, Zeno, had been destined to beat him for it.”
Will Durant Quote: “Men decided that it was better to pay taxes than to fight among themselves; better to pay tribute to one magnificent robber than to bribe them all.”
Will Durant Quote: “In short, Aristotle destroys the soul in order to give it immortality; the immortal soul is “pure thought,” undefiled with reality, just as Aristotle’s God is pure activity, undefiled with action. Let him who can, be comforted with this theology. One wonders sometimes whether this metaphysical eating of one’s cake and keeping it is not Aristotle’s subtle Way of saving himself from anti-Macedonian hemlock?”
Will Durant Quote: “Three meals a day are a highly advanced institution. Savages gorge themselves or fast.”2 The wilder tribes among the American Indians considered it weak-kneed and unseemly to preserve food for the next day.3 The natives of Australia are incapable of any labor whose reward is not immediate; every Hottentot is a gentleman of leisure; and with the Bushmen of Africa it is always “either a feast or a famine.”
Will Durant Quote: “The politics of the Essays preach a conservatism natural in one who aspired to rule. Bacon wants a strong central power. Monarchy is the best form of government; and usually the efficiency of a state varies with the concentration of power.”
Will Durant Quote: “Let us trust to ourselves, see all with our own eyes; Let these be our oracles, our tripods and our gods.”
Will Durant Quote: “Read, think well of mankind, go to our libraries and rejoice.”
Will Durant Quote: “Both Stoicism and Epicureanism –. the apathetic acceptance of defeat, and the effort to forget defeat in the arms of pleasure – were theories as to how one might yet be happy though subjugated or enslaved;.”
Will Durant Quote: “It came to me that reform should begin at home, and since that day I have not had time to remake the world.”
Will Durant Quote: “Progress is the domination of chaos by mind and purpose, of matter by form and will. It need not be continuous to be real.”
Will Durant Quote: “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 Quote: “Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity. A.”
Will Durant Quote: “The historian always oversimplifies, and hastily selects a manageable minority of facts and faces out of a crowd of souls and events whose multitudinous complexity he can never quite embrace or comprehend.”
Will Durant Quote: “Protestantism and beer have dulled German wit.”
Will Durant Quote: “Custom gives the same stability to the group that heredity and instinct give to the species, and habit to the individual. It is the routine that keeps men sane; for if there were no grooves along which thought and action might move with unconscious ease, the mind would be perpetually hesitant, and would soon take refuge in lunacy.”
Will Durant Quote: “Traditions and dogmas rub one another down to a minimum in such centers of varied intercourse; where there are a thousand faiths we are apt to become sceptical of them all.”
Will Durant Quote: “History in the large is the conflict of minorities; the majority applauds the victor and supplies the human material of social experiment.”
Will Durant Quote: “Here Ibn Hawqal, about 970, found some 300 mosques, and 300 schoolteachers who were highly regarded by the inhabitants “in spite of the fact,” says the geographer, “that schoolteachers are notorious for their mental deficiency and light brains.”
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