Will Durant's Quotes
Biography of Will Durant
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.Tags: Basic, Government, Principle
The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.Tags: Cannot, Ego, Mind
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.Tags: Begins, Broken, Truth
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.Tags: Best, Earth, Last
Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.Tags: History, Money, Wise
There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.Tags: Age, Money, Socialism
Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.Tags: Activity, Freedom, Order
I am not against hasty marriages, where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income.Tags: Against, Flame, Income
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.Tags: Education, Ignorance, Knew
We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.Tags: Freedom, Living, Street
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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.Tags: Fool, Time, True
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.Tags: Good, Others, Speak
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.Tags: Acting, Against, Political
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.Tags: Change, Exists, Subject
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.Tags: Hope, Minds, Rather
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.Tags: Love, Old, Wife
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.Tags: Age, Freedom, Great
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.Tags: Mothers, Time, Tired
Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.Tags: Become, Hatred, May
Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.Tags: Knowledge, Science, Wisdom
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.Tags: Good, History, Often
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.Tags: Needs, Sure, Thinks
Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.Tags: History, Last, Time
Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.Tags: Desert, Ignorance, Knowledge
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.Tags: Art, Communication, Half
Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.Tags: Nature, Read, Unequal
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.Tags: Him, Human, Life