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The family is the nucleus of civilization.

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife. ---->>>

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

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. ---->>>

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos. ---->>>

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

Education is the transmission of civilization.

Education is the transmission of civilization.

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ---->>>

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

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

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

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice. ---->>>

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy. ---->>>

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

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.

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. ---->>>

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

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near. ---->>>

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

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say. ---->>>

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

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

Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime. ---->>>

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art. ---->>>

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure. ---->>>

Inquiry is fatal to certainty. ---->>>

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist. ---->>>

I am not against hasty marriages, where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income. ---->>>

We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway. ---->>>

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn. ---->>>

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law. ---->>>

History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice. ---->>>

Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard. ---->>>

We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries. ---->>>

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

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: November 5, 1885
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Die: 11-07, 1981
Occupation: Historian
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William James "Will" Durant (; November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy" (wikipedia)