Quotes by Will Durant

Drunkenness was in good repute in England till Bloody Mary frowned upon it; it remained popular in Germany. The French drank more stably, not being quite so cold.
– Will Durant
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
– Will Durant
Education is the transmission of civilization.
– Will Durant
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.
– Will Durant
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.
– Will Durant
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
– Will Durant
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.
– Will Durant
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
– Will Durant
Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
– Will Durant
The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.
– Will Durant
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
– Will Durant
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
– Will Durant
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.
– Will Durant
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
– Will Durant
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
– Will Durant
There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
– Will Durant
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
– Will Durant
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
– Will Durant
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.
– Will Durant
When people ask me to compare the 20th century to older civilizations, I always say the same thing: The situation is normal.
– Will Durant