Will Durant Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old will durant quotes, will durant sayings, and will durant proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.     

Will Durant

Hunting is now to most of us a game, whose relish seems based upon some mystic remembrance, in the blood, of ancient days when to hunter as well as hunted it was a matter of life and death.     

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Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do right now, and do it. Today is your lucky day.     

Will Durant

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.     

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

Will Durant

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

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The political machine triumphs because it is united minority acting against a divided majority.     

Will Durant

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.     

Will Durant

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.     

Will Durant

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.     

Will Durant

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

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Today's rebel is tomorrow's tyrant.     

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.     

Will Durant

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.     

Will Durant

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

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Communism is the opiate of the people.     

Will Durant

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

Will Durant

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

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

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Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.     

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Tolerance grows only when faith loses certainty; certainty is murderous.     

Will Durant

The family is the nucleus of civilization.     

Will Durant

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

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

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I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process.     

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Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.     

Will Durant