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Will Durant
November 5, 1885 - November 7, 1981
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.


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


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


Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.


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


The family is the nucleus of civilization.

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


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.


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


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


Inquiry is fatal to certainty.


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