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“History reports that the men who can manage men manage the men who can manage only things, and the men who can manage money manage all.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“you can’t fool all the people all the time,” but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding.”
Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History
“In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The fear of capitalism has compelled socialism to widen freedom, and the fear of socialism has compelled capitalism to increase equality. East is West and West is East, and soon the twain will meet.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“We must operate with partial knowledge, and be provisionally content with probabilities.”
Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History
tags: life
“We frolic in our emancipation from theology, but have we developed a natural ethic—a moral code independent of religion—strong enough to keep our instincts of acquisition, pugnacity, and sex from debasing our civilization into a mire of greed, crime, and promiscuity? Have we really outgrown intolerance, or merely transferred it from religious to national, ideological, or racial hostilities?”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Normally and generally men are judged by their ability to produce—except in war, when they are ranked according to their ability to destroy.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“It is not the race that makes the civilization, it is the civilization that makes the people: circumstances geographical, economic, and political create a culture, and the culture creates a human type.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“If race or class war divides us into hostile camps, changing political argument into blind hate, one side or the other may overturn the hustings with the rule of the sword. If our economy of freedom fails to distribute wealth as ably as it has created it, the road to dictatorship will be open to any man who can persuasively promise security to all; and a martial government, under whatever charming phrases, will engulf the democratic world.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“When the universe has crushed him man will still be nobler than that which kills him, because he knows that he is dying, and of its victory the universe knows nothing.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Our knowledge of any past event is always incomplete, probably inaccurate, beclouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians, and perhaps distorted by our own patriotic or religious partisanship. “Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Animals eat one another without qualm; civilized men consume one another by due process of law. Co-operation”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“it was fear that first made the gods”25 —fear of hidden forces in the earth, rivers, oceans, trees, winds, and sky. Religion became the propitiatory worship of these forces through offerings, sacrifice, incantation, and prayer.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“So the conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it—perhaps as much more valuable as roots are more vital than grafts.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Generally religion and puritanism prevail in periods when the laws are feeble and morals must bear the burden of maintaining social order; skepticism and paganism (other factors being equal) progress as the rising power of law and government permits the decline of the church, the family, and morality without basically endangering the stability of the state.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“centripetal organization unifying a culture in all its phases into a unique, coherent, and artistic form; the other a period of centrifugal disorganization in which creed and culture decompose in division and criticism, and end in a chaos of individualism, skepticism, and artistic aberrations.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Economic development specializes functions, differentiates abilities, and makes men unequally valuable to their group.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The historian always oversimplifies, and hastily selects a manageable minority of facts and faces out of a crowd of souls and events whose multitudinous complexity he can never quite embrace or comprehend.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity. A”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“The influence of geographic factors diminishes as technology grows. The character and contour of a terrain may offer opportunities for agriculture, mining, or trade, but only the imagination and initiative of leaders, and the hardy industry of followers, can transform the possibilities into fact...Man, not the earth, makes civilization.”
Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History
tags: life
“Until our states become members of a large and effectively protective group they will continue to act like individuals and families in the hunting stage.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Pascal: “When the universe has crushed him man will still be nobler than that which kills him, because he knows that he is dying, and of its victory the universe knows nothing.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“We conclude that the concentration of wealth is natural and inevitable, and is periodically alleviated by violent or peaceable partial redistribution. In this view all economic history is the slow heartbeat of the social organism, a vast systole and diastole of concentrating wealth and compulsive recirculation.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“Ideally parentage should be a privilege of health, not a by-product of sexual agitation. Is”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History
“تاریخ پاره ای از زیست شناسی است. گاهی هنگام تنها قدم زدن در جنگلی در روز گرم تابستانی جنبش صدها جانور را می‌بینیم و می‌شنویم که پرواز می کنند و در زیرزمین پنهان می شوند. با نزدیک شدن ما جانوران وحشت زده می گریزند پرندگان پریشان می گردند ماهیها در آبگیرها پراکنده می شود ناگهان درمی‌یابیم که ما در این سیاره بیطرف به چه اقلیت خطرناکی تعلق داریم.”
Will Durant, The Lessons of History

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