Famous Quotes By Will Durant


  1. Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.
  2. Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
  3. Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
  4. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
  5. Education is the transmission of civilization.
  6. Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
  7. Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
  8. History is mostly guessing the rest is prejudice.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
  12. Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
  13. Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
  14. One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
  15. Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
  16. Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.
  17. Sixty years ago I knew everything now I know nothing education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
  18. The family is the nucleus of civilization.
  19. The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
  20. There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
  21. There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
  22. To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
  23. 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.
  24. Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
  25. 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.
  26. We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.

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