Will Durant, fully William James "Will" Durant

Will
Durant, fully William James "Will" Durant
1885
1981

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

Author Quotes

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. No one man, however brilliant or well-informed, can come in one lifetime to such fullness of understanding as to safely judge and dismiss the customs or institutions of his society, for those are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history.

Spinoza says: We Taatqazva reasons of all foreign hand, and move Kamoaj paid headwinds do not know anything about our fate. If a person controlled by emotions do not think only one aspect of the situation. The thought alone humans can see all aspects of his position. The passion incomplete idea. And a great instinctive emotions as the driving force, but serious as a guide for us, because every one of the instincts are looking for satisfying desires, is not interested in the interests of all personal. Any destruction came down to people because of excessive greed and love of strife or even desires ???? Obaid instincts that control them. The emotions that attack us every day linked to a part of the body that is affected more than the rest of the parts, and extreme emotions and prevent the mind from thinking only in one subject, no longer the strength to think of other things Spinoza says: We Taatqazva reasons of all foreign hand, and move Kamoaj paid headwinds do not know anything about our fate. If a person controlled by emotions do not think only one aspect of the situation. The thought alone humans can see all aspects of his position. The passion incomplete idea. And a great instinctive emotions as the driving force, but serious as a guide for us, because every one of the instincts are looking for satisfying desires, is not interested in the interests of all personal. Any destruction came down to people because of excessive greed and love of strife or even desires ???? Obaid instincts that control them. The emotions that attack us every day linked to a part of the body that is affected more than the rest of the parts, and extreme emotions and prevent the mind from thinking only in one subject, no longer the strength to think of other things Spinoza says: We Taatqazva reasons of all foreign hand, and move Kamoaj paid headwinds do not know anything about our fate. If a person controlled by emotions do not think only one aspect of the situation. The thought alone humans can see all aspects of his position. The passion incomplete idea. And a great instinctive emotions as the driving force, but serious as a guide for us, because every one of the instincts are looking for satisfying desires, is not interested in the interests of all personal. Any destruction came down to people because of excessive greed and love of strife or even desires ???? Obaid instincts that control them. The emotions that attack us every day linked to a part of the body that is affected more than the rest of the parts, and extreme emotions and prevent the mind from thinking only in one subject, no longer the strength to think of other things

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

It came to me that reform should begin at home, and since that day I have not had time to remake the world.

Peace is an unstable equilibrium, which can be preserved only by acknowledged supremacy or equal power.

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.

The world wisely prefers happiness to wisdom.

We discovered birth control, and now it sterilizes the intelligent, multiplies the ignorant, debases love with promiscuity, frustrates the educator, empowers the demagogue, and deteriorates the race.

It is an illuminating sign of beauty's generation by desire, that when the object of desire is securely won, the sense of its beauty languishes; few men are philosopher enough to desire what they have, and fewer still can find beauty in what no longer stirs desire.

Perhaps Gandhi failed as saints are likely to fail in this very hostile, selfish and Darwinian world. But these very failures are the eternal successes attained by saintly people as they can never stoop to the detestable levels of this materialistic world in which each one is running after the god of Mammon.

The finger that turns the dial rules the air.

There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.

We have here the fundamental problem of ethics, the crux of the theory of moral conduct. What is justice? -shall we seek righteousness, or shall we seek power? -is it better to be good, or to be strong?

It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to us such unquestionable gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all our numerals and our decimal system. But these are not the essence of her spirit; they are trifles compared to what we may learn from her in the future.

Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoliation, India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind, the quiet content of the inquisitive soul, the calm of the understanding spirit, and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living things.

The future never just happened. It was created.

There is no greater drama in human record than the sight of a few Christians, scorned or oppressed by a succession of emperors, bearing all trials with a fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting the sword with the word, brutality with hope, and at last defeating the strongest state that history has known. Caesar and Christ had met in the arena, and Christ had won.

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.

It may be true, as Lincoln supposed, that 'You can't fool all the people all the time,' but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.

Perhaps our supercilious disgust with existence is a cover for a secret disgust with ourselves; we have botched and bungled our lives, and we cast the blame upon the environment or the world, which have no tongues to utter a defense. The mature man accepts the natural limitations of life; he does not expect Providence to be prejudiced in his favor; he does not ask for loaded dice to play the game of life. He knows, with Carlyle, that there is no sense in vilifying the sun because it will not light our cigars. And perhaps, if we are clever enough to help it, the sun will even do that; and this vast neutral cosmos may turn out to be a pleasant place enough if we bring a little sunshine of our own to help it out. In truth, the world is neither with us or against us; it is but raw material in our hands, and can be heaven or hell according to what we are.

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.

There is nothing in Socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.

When liberty exceeds intelligence, it begets chaos, which begets dictatorship.

Author Picture
First Name
Will
Last Name
Durant, fully William James "Will" Durant
Birth Date
1885
Death Date
1981
Bio

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