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American Writer and Historian, collaborator of his wife, Ariel Durant. 1885-1981
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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
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Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with from people , 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.
Civilization is the order and freedom promoting cultural activity
Continue to express your dissent and your needs, but remember to remain civilized, for you will sorely miss civilization if it is sacrified in the turbulence of change
Does history support a belief in God? If by God we mean not the creative vitality of nature but a supreme being intelligent and benevolent, the answer must be a reluctant negative
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.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Even when repressed, inequality grows; only the man who is below the average in economic ability desires equality; those who are conscious of superior ability desire freedom, and in the end superior ability has its way
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
Friends are helpful not only because they will listen to us, but because they will laugh at us; Through them we learn a little objectivity, a little modesty, a little courtesy; We learn the rules of life and become better players of the game
From the point of view of morals, life seems to he divided into two periods; in the first we indulge, in the second we preach
History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice
I am not against hasty marriages, where a mutual flame is fanned by an adequate income.
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