Will Durant, fully William James "Will" Durant

Durant, fully William James "Will" Durant

American Writer, Historian and Philosopher, known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant

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Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all. Nothing should more deeply shame the modern student than the recency and inadequacy of his acquaintance with India....This is the India that patient scholarship is now opening up like a new intellectual continent to that Western mind which only yesterday thought civilization an exclusive Western thing.

Rooted in freedom, bonded in the fellowship of danger, sharing everywhere a common human blood, we declare again that all men are brothers, and that mutual tolerance is the price of liberty.

The Mohammedan Conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history… The meaning of the word is pending redefinition by the benign dictator who will hopefully rule India one day.

To seek, beneath the universal strife, the hidden harmony of things.

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.

Says Schopenhauer: All epics representative cannot help but imagine a dispute and effort and fighting for happiness but cannot tolerate happiness never the same. She walked to declare false to thousands of risks and difficulties to reach the desired goal, and once you reach these heroes goals acceleration story to curtain as no longer have anything after that to show only that the goal illustrious Buraq, who predicted the hero that he finds happiness may dashed hope, and it was not after reaching happier than before attainable.

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers, and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing he will never get the answers.

To the geologic eye all the surface of the earth is a fluid form, and man moves upon it as insecurely as Peter walking on the waves to Christ.

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917. 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.

Says Spinoza: When it seems to us anything in the nature funny or silly, obscure or evil it is because we do not have only little knowledge of things, and we are ignorant system of nature and cohesion as a whole, and we want to hold things according to our thinking and our opinions, even though what he sees as our mind bad or evil is not evil or bad for the system and the laws of nature comprehensive college. But in relation to the laws of our own nature separate. As for the word of good and evil, it does not indicate something positive in itself, because the one thing the same may be simultaneously good or evil, or neither such as music, for example, it is better for Almnaqbd self evil for Alnaúh sad and lost people seemed to be his. It is not good or evil for the Dead

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 revolutionaries are philosophers and saints.

Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.

No man can frequent the company of the great philosophers without changing his mind and widening his views on a thousand vital points.

Schopenhauer says: Nothing gives us more harmony of accurate knowledge, and the more knowledge we to our emotions, the less control we. And nothing to protect us more control over our souls, if you want to subject everything to yourself subjected yourself to your mind. The compelling world not arouse in us admiration as compelling raised himself

The past is not dead. Indeed, it is often not even past.

Ultimately, our troubles are due to dogma and deduction; we find no new truth because we take some venerable but questionable proposition as the indubitable starting point, and never think of putting this assumption itself to a test of observation or experiment.

Nothing is new except arrangement.

Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.

The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.

Voltaire has said if you want to talk to me knew what it says and select your saying. How could shrink and talk turns to if he dared section Almtnaakecon determine their and Jmlhm words, this is the first and the other in logic, and his heart and soul, that the subject is important in an interview to the most serious types of definition, identification and examination. It's a tough way, and exam where there is no mercy for the mind

Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say.

Science is organized knowledge, wisdom is organized life.

The Roman government gave them bread and circuses. Today we give them bread and elections.

War is one of the constants of history, and it has not diminished with civilization or democracy.

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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American Writer, Historian and Philosopher, known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant