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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.”
Will Durant Quote: “Pagan professors of philosophy, after the death of Hypatia, sought security in Athens, where non-Christian teaching was still relatively and innocuously free. Student life was still lively there, and enjoyed most of the consolations of higher education – fraternities, distinctive garbs, hazing, and a general hilarity.”
Will Durant Quote: “Death like style is the removal of rubbish.”
Will Durant Quote: “Read, think well of mankind, go to our libraries and rejoice.”
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: “Only a philosopher can be happy in marriage, and philosophers do not marry.”
Will Durant Quote: “Morality, like art, is the achievement of unity in diversity; the highest type of man is he who effectively unites in himself the widest variety, complexity, and completeness of life.”
Will Durant Quote: “The individual succumbs, but he does not die if he has left something to mankind.”
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: “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: “For barbarism is always around civilization, amid it and beneath it, ready to engulf it by arms, or mass migration, or unchecked fertility. Barbarism is like the jungle; it never admits its defeat; it waits patiently for centuries to recover the territory it has lost.”
Will Durant Quote: “Never put a man in the wrong. He will hold it against you forever.”
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: “Life is that which is discontent, which struggles and seeks, which suffers and creates.”
Will Durant Quote: “History offers some consolation by reminding us that sin has flourished in every age.”
Will Durant Quote: “The Roman Republic would soon be destroyed by the unfettered energy of its great men. The redeeming feature of this aristocracy and.”
Will Durant Quote: “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 Quote: “Protestantism and beer have dulled German wit.”
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: “If ideas do not determine history, inventions do; and inventions are determined by ideas.”
Will Durant Quote: “The class war had turned democracy into a contest in legislative looting.”
Will Durant Quote: “I was only 44, which is childhood philosophy.”
Will Durant Quote: “By 1911 I found it impossible to continue my pretenses to orthodoxy;.”
Will Durant Quote: “What I am not,” he says, most truthfully, “that for me is God.”
Will Durant Quote: “Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be.”
Will Durant Quote: “When a man is interested in the past he writes history; when he is interested in the future he makes it.”
Will Durant Quote: “Our democratic dogma has leveled not only all voters but all leaders; we delight to show that living geniuses are only mediocrities, and that dead ones are myths. If.”
Will Durant Quote: “There his chief enterprises are reading and doing nothing.”
Will Durant Quote: “The second biological lesson of history is that life is selection. In the competition for food or mates or power some organisms succeed and some fail. In the struggle for existence some individuals are better equipped than others to meet the tests of survival.”
Will Durant Quote: “For what is philosophy but an art – one more attempt to give “significant form” to the chaos of experience?”
Will Durant Quote: “Nothing could be so injurious to health as the Stoic repression of desire; what is the use of prolonging a life which apathy has turned into premature death?”
Will Durant Quote: “Centuries of barbarism, insecurity and war had to intervene before man could defile his God with attributes of undying vengeance and inexhaustible cruelty.”
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: “When those who must do the fighting have the right to decide between war and peace, history will no longer be written in blood.”
Will Durant Quote: “We may define human nature as the fundamental tendencies and feelings of mankind.”
Will Durant Quote: “Crafty men condemn studies, simple men admire them, and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.”
Will Durant Quote: “Perhaps discipline will be restored in our civilization through the military training required by the challenges of war. The freedom of the part varies with the security of the whole; individualism will diminish in America and England as geographical protection ceases. Sexual license may cure itself through its own excess; our unmoored children may live to see order and modesty become fashionable; clothing will be more stimulating than nudity.”
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: “Nothing is clearer in history than the adoption by successful rebels of the methods they were accustomed to condemn in the forces they deposed.”
Will Durant Quote: “We have defined civilization as “social order promoting cultural creation.”67 It is political order secured through custom, morals, and law, and economic order secured through a continuity of production and exchange; it is cultural creation through freedom and facilities for the origination, expression, testing, and fruition of ideas, letters, manners, and arts. It is an intricate and precarious web of human relationships, laboriously built and readily destroyed.”
Will Durant Quote: “Liberty is a luxury of security; the free individual is a product and a mark of civilization.”
Will Durant Quote: “The advances of agricultural and contraceptive technology in the nineteenth century apparently refuted Malthus: in England, the United States, Germany, and France the food supply kept pace with births, and the rising standard of living deferred the age of marriage and lowered the size of the family.”
Will Durant Quote: “When Germany defeated Napoleon it was a disastrous to culture as when Luther defeated the Church.”
Will Durant Quote: “Belief in God, said Diderot, is bound up with submission to autocracy; the two rise and fall together; and “men will never be free till the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
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: “Democracy is a luxury of disseminated intelligence, security, and peace.”
Will Durant Quote: “Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seems so favorable to statesmanship and art; it ends by fighting suicidally in the lost cause of the past. For.”
Will Durant Quote: “And, after speech, it provided a readier instrument for the dissemination of nonsense than the world has ever known until our time.”
Will Durant Quote: “The division of members into Tories or Whigs had by 1761 lost nearly all significance; the real division was between supporters and opponents of the current “government,” or ministry, or of the king. By and large the Tories protected the landed interest; the Whigs were willing now and then to consider the desires of the business class; otherwise both Tories and Whigs were equally conservative. Neither party legislated for the benefit of the masses.”
Will Durant Quote: “I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun. I know no more about the ultimates than the simplest urchin in the streets.”
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