Will Durant

I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.

Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.

The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.

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

The finger that turns the dial rules the air.

If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children.

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

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.

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

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

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.


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