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William J. Durant Quotes

(1885-1981), American Historian, Essayist

Never mind your happiness; do your duty.

Category: Action

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.

Category: Certainty

Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, 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.

Category: Civilization

There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.

Category: Communism And Socialism

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.

Category: Country

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

Category: Discipline

Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance.

Category: Education

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.

Category: Equality

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Category: Family

We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.

Category: Freedom

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principles.

Category: Government

No man who is in a hurry is quite civilized.

Category: Haste

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

Category: History And Historians

Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.

Category: Inflation

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

Category: Knowledge