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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. - Will Durant Quotes
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
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Education is the transmission of civilization. - Will Durant Quotes
Education is the transmission of civilization.
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History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice. - Will Durant Quotes
History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.
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Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art. - Will Durant Quotes
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
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Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. - Will Durant Quotes
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
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One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
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Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos. - Will Durant Quotes
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
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Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom. - Will Durant Quotes
Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.
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Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul. - Will Durant Quotes
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
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The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Will Durant Quotes
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Will Durant Quotes
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.
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Forget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day
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A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.
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To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. - Will Durant Quotes
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
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The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.
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The future never just happened. It was created. - Will Durant Quotes
The future never just happened. It was created.
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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.
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We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway. - Will Durant Quotes
We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.
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So I should say that civilizations begin with religion and stoicism: they end with scepticism and unbelief, and the undisciplined pursuit of individual pleasure. A civilization is born stoic and dies epicurean.
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If we have never been amazed by the very fact that we exist, we are squandering the greatest fact of all.
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The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority. - Will Durant Quotes
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
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Love one another. My final lesson of history is the same as that of Jesus. You may think that's a lot of lollipop but just try it. Love is the most practical thing in the world. If you take an attitude of love toward everybody you meet, you'll eventually get along.
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The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints.
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Man is an emotional animal, occasionally rational; and through his feelings he can be deceived to his heart's content.
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Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
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The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations. - Will Durant Quotes
The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.
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Does history warrant the conclusion that religion is necessary to morality - that a natural ethic is too weak to withstand the savagery that lurks under civilization and emerges in our dreams, crimes and wars? ... There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.
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There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war. - Will Durant Quotes
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
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To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism. If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing. Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.
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It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
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Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty. - Will Durant Quotes
Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.
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In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.
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Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle. - Will Durant Quotes
Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.
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Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
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Cultivate your garden… Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony… In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. There is no way; each pilgrim must make his own path. "Happiness," said Chamfort, "is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.
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Civilizations come and go; they conquer the earth and crumble into dust; but faith survives every desolation.
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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.
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From barbarism to civilization requires a century; from civilization to barbarism needs but a day.
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Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt -- particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas and one's axioms.
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History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up.
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The greatest question of our time is not communism vs. individualism, not Europe vs. America, not even the East vs. the West; it is whether men can bear to live without God.
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Liberty is a product of order.
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When liberty destroys order the hunger for order will destroy liberty.
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In the last analysis civilization is based upon the food supply.
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Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement.
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Drunkenness was in good repute in England till "Bloody Mary" frowned upon it; it remained popular in Germany. The French drank more stably, not being quite so cold.
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An emperor knows how to govern when poets are free to make verses, people to act plays, historians to tell the truth, ministers to give advice, the poor to grumble at taxes, students to learn lessons aloud, workmen to praise their skill and seek work, people to speak of anything, and old men to find fault with everything.
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We teach more by what we are than by what we teach.
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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.
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by and large the poor have the same impulses as the rich, with only less opportunity or skill to implement them
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Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say.
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The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done.
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Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
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To rulers religion, like almost everything else, is a tool of power.
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In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever.
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Caesar's armies marched on vegetarian foods.
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Science without philosophy, facts without perspective and valuation, cannot save us from havoc and despair. Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.
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The dog that buried the bone which even a canine appetite could not manage, the squirrel that gathered nuts for a later feast, the bees that filled the comb with honey, the ants that laid up stores for a rainy day - these were among the first creators of civilization. It was they....who taught our ancestors the art of providing for tomorrow out of the surplus of today, or of preparing for winter in summer's time of plenty.
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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.
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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.
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Those who know nothing about history are doomed forever to repeat it.
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Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
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If I were rich I would have many books, and I would pamper myself with bindings bright to the eye and soft to the touch, paper generously opaque, and type such as men designed when printing was very young. I would dress my gods in leather and gold, and burn candles of worship before them at night, and string their names like beads on a string.
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Perhaps it is one secret of their power that, having studied the fluctuations of prices, the [bankers] know that history is inflationary.
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There is no real philosophy until the mind turns around and examines itself.
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All that is good in our history is gathered in libraries. At this moment, Plato is down there at the library waiting for us. So is Aristotle. Spinoza is there and so is Kats. Shelly and Byron adn Sam Johnson are there waiting to tell us their magnificent stories. All you have to do is walk in the library door and the great company open their arms to you. They are so happy to see you that they come out with you into the street and to your home. And they do what hardly any friend will-- they are silent when you wish to think.
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History reports that the men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things, and the men who can manage money manage all.
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War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy.
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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.
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To give life a meaning, one must have a purpose larger than self.
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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.
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And last are the few whose delight is in meditation and understanding; who yearn not for goods, nor for victory, but for knowledge; who leave both market and battlefield to lose themselves in the quiet clarity of secluded thought; whose will is a light rather than a fire, whose haven is not power but truth: these are the men of wisdom, who stand aside unused by the world.
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The South creates the civilizations, the North conquers them, ruins them, borrows from them, spreads them: this is one summary of history.
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The soul of a civilization is its religion, and it dies with its faith.
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Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
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Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
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When liberty exceeds intelligence, it begets chaos, which begets dictatorship.
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The great snare of thought is uncritical acceptance of irrational assumptions.
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