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Will Durant Quote: “The older Romans used temples as their banks, as we use banks as our temples;.”
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: “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: “The tragedy of life is that it gives us wisdom only when it has stolen youth. Si jeunesse savait, et vieillesse pouvait! – “If youth knew how, and old age could!”
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 are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.”
Will Durant Quote: “The harmony of the part with the whole may be the best definition of health, beauty, truth, wisdom, morality, and happiness. This.”
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: “Never put a man in the wrong. He will hold it against you forever.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “If ideas do not determine history, inventions do; and inventions are determined by ideas.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “Let us trust to ourselves, see all with our own eyes; Let these be our oracles, our tripods and our gods.”
Will Durant Quote: “Protestantism and beer have dulled German wit.”
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 defect of democracy is its tendency to put mediocrity into power; and there is no way of avoiding this except by limiting office to men of “trained skill.”138 Numbers by themselves cannot produce wisdom, and may give the best favors of office to the grossest flatterers.”
Will Durant Quote: “The individual succumbs, but he does not die if he has left something to mankind.”
Will Durant Quote: “History offers some consolation by reminding us that sin has flourished in every age.”
Will Durant Quote: “Life is that which is discontent, which struggles and seeks, which suffers and creates.”
Will Durant Quote: “The form of Christianity that developed in Europe and later spread to America and the rest of the world was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world.”
Will Durant Quote: “Where there is no strife there is decay:.”
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 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: “They will learn and grow and love and struggle and create, and lift life up one little notch, perhaps, before they die. And when they pass they will cheat death with their children, with parental care that will make their children a little finer than themselves. Life wins.”
Will Durant Quote: “Democracy is a luxury of disseminated intelligence, security, and peace.”
Will Durant Quote: “The fear of death is strangely mingled with the longing for repose.”
Will Durant Quote: “When Germany defeated Napoleon it was a disastrous to culture as when Luther defeated the Church.”
Will Durant Quote: “One proof of the excellence of this amiable woman’s character is that all who loved her loved each other, even jealousy and rivalry submitting to the more powerful sentiment with which she inspired them; and I never saw any of those who surrounded her entertain the least ill will among themselves. Let the reader pause a moment in this encomium, and if he can recollect any other woman who deserves it, let him attach himself to her if he would obtain happiness.”
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: “By 1911 I found it impossible to continue my pretenses to orthodoxy;.”
Will Durant Quote: “Liberty is a luxury of security; the free individual is a product and a mark of civilization.”
Will Durant Quote: “To seek, beneath the universal strife, the hidden harmony of things.”
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: “There his chief enterprises are reading and doing nothing.”
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: “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: “We may define human nature as the fundamental tendencies and feelings of mankind.”
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: “All science is a charted ignorance and belongs to Maya.”
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.”
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