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Will Durant Quotes

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.

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

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

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

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

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

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.

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

History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.

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

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.

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.

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

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.

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

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

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.

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