Zitat des Tages von Will Durant:
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.
Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four hours and too little on the last six thousand years.
Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.
Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.