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Will Durant
“Since religion must be based not on the logic of theoretical reason but on the practical reason of the moral sense, it follows that any Bible or revelation must be judged by its value for morality, and cannot itself be the judge of a moral code.

Churches and dogmas have value only in so far as they assist the moral development of the race.

When mere creeds or ceremonies usurp priority over moral excellence as a test of religion, religion has disappeared.

The real church is a community of people, however scattered and divided, who are united by devotion to the common moral law. It was to establish such a community that Christ lived and died.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

Will Durant
“Thanks be then to nature for this unsociableness, for this envious jealousy and vanity, for this insatiable desire for possession and for power..

Man wishes concord; but nature knows better what is good for his species; and she wills discord, in order that man may be impelled to a new exertion of his powers, and to the further development of his natural capacities.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

Will Durant
“When those who must do the fighting have the right to decide between war and peace, history will no longer be written in blood.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

Thomas Hobbes
“Primum vivere deinde philosophari - First one must live, then one may philosophize.”
Thomas Hobbes

Will Durant
“Reproduction is the ultimate purpose of every organism, and its strongest instinct; for only so can the will conquer death.

And to ensure this conquest of death, the will to reproduce is placed almost entirely beyond control of knowledge or reflection: even a philosopher, occasionally, has children.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

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