Will Durant

United States historian (1885-1981)

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Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing song.
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
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.
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
Never mind your happiness; do your duty.
Nothing is new except arrangement.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.
The laws that Charondas gave to Catana,... A man might divorce his wife, or a wife her husband, said Charondas, but then he or she must not marry anyone younger than the divorced mate.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes, rather than their minds.
Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.

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