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Will Durant

Data urodzenia: 5. Listopad 1885
Data zgonu: 7. Listopad 1981
Natępne imiona:ویل دورانت

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William James Durant - amerykański historyk, filozof i pisarz. Zasłynął głównie dzięki napisaniu wspólnie ze swoją żoną Ariel Durant książki pod tytułem Historia cywilizacji . Napisał także książkę o historii filozofii. W 1977 roku wyróżniony Medalem Wolności.

Jest autorem cytatu: "Wielką cywilizację można pokonać od zewnątrz, dopiero gdy ulega rozkładowi od wewnątrz".

Cytat ten wykorzystał Mel Gibson w filmie Apocalypto, jako ostrzeżenie dla naszej cywilizacji.

Cytaty Will Durant

„Religia jest sprawą naturalną, zrodzoną bezpośrednio z naszych instynktownych potrzeb.“

— Will Durant
Źródło: cyt. za Sayyid Mujtaba Musavi Lari Poznać Boga, s. 7 http://www.al-islam.org.pl/images/poznac%20boga.pdf

„We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.“

— Will Durant
Context: Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly; 'these virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions'; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit: 'the good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life... for as it is not one swallow or one fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy'. p. 87. The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7.

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„Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.“

— Will Durant
Context: Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. Quoted in "Books: The Great Gadfly", Time magazine, 8 October 1965 (review of The Age of Voltaire by Will and Ariel Durant)

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„How much more suffering is caused by the thought of death than by death itself.“

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

„Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.“

— Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

„Human progress having reached a high level through respect for the liberty and dignity of men, it has become desirable to re-affirm these evident truths“

— Will Durant
Context: Human progress having reached a high level through respect for the liberty and dignity of men, it has become desirable to re-affirm these evident truths: That differences of race, color, and creed are natural, and that diverse groups, institutions, and ideas are stimulating factors in the development of man; That to promote harmony in diversity is a responsible task of religion and statesmanship; That since no individual can express the whole truth, it is essential to treat with understanding and good will those whose views differ from our own; That by the testimony of history intolerance is the door to violence, brutality and dictatorship; and That the realization of human interdependence and solidarity is the best guard of civilization.

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„I felt more keenly than before the need of a philosophy that would do justice to the infinite vitality of nature.“

— Will Durant
Context: I felt more keenly than before the need of a philosophy that would do justice to the infinite vitality of nature. In the inexhaustible activity of the atom, in the endless resourcefulness of plants, in the teeming fertility of animals, in the hunger and movement of infants, in the laughter and play of children, in the love and devotion of youth, in the restless ambition of fathers and the lifelong sacrifice of mothers, in the undiscourageable researches of scientists and the sufferings of genius, in the crucifixion of prophets and the martyrdom of saints — in all things I saw the passion of life for growth and greatness, the drama of everlasting creation. I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process... I became almost reconciled to mortality, knowing that my spirit would survive me enshrined in a fairer mold... and that my little worth would somehow be preserved in the heritage of men. In a measure the Great Sadness was lifted from me, and, where I had seen omnipresent death, I saw now everywhere the pageant and triumph of life. Transition (1927)

„The invention and spread of contraceptives is the proximate cause of our changing morals“

— Will Durant
Context: The invention and spread of contraceptives is the proximate cause of our changing morals. The old moral code restricted sexual experience to marriage, because copulation could not be effectively separated from parentage, and parentage could be made responsible only through marriage. But to-day the dissociation of sex from reproduction has created a situation unforeseen by our fathers. All the relations of men and women are being changed by this one factor; and the moral code of the future will have to take account of these new facilities which invention has placed at the service of ancient desires. Our Changing Morals, in The Mansions of Philosophy: A Survey of Human Life and Destiny, (1929), Simon and Schuster, New York, ch. 5. p. 119.

„In a measure the Great Sadness was lifted from me, and, where I had seen omnipresent death, I saw now everywhere the pageant and triumph of life.“

— Will Durant
Context: I felt more keenly than before the need of a philosophy that would do justice to the infinite vitality of nature. In the inexhaustible activity of the atom, in the endless resourcefulness of plants, in the teeming fertility of animals, in the hunger and movement of infants, in the laughter and play of children, in the love and devotion of youth, in the restless ambition of fathers and the lifelong sacrifice of mothers, in the undiscourageable researches of scientists and the sufferings of genius, in the crucifixion of prophets and the martyrdom of saints — in all things I saw the passion of life for growth and greatness, the drama of everlasting creation. I came to think of myself, not as a dance and chaos of molecules, but as a brief and minute portion of that majestic process... I became almost reconciled to mortality, knowing that my spirit would survive me enshrined in a fairer mold... and that my little worth would somehow be preserved in the heritage of men. In a measure the Great Sadness was lifted from me, and, where I had seen omnipresent death, I saw now everywhere the pageant and triumph of life. Transition (1927)

„It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment.“

— Will Durant
Context: It is a mistake to think that the past is dead. Nothing that has ever happened is quite without influence at this moment. The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time. You, too, are your past; often your face is your autobiography; you are what you are because of what you have been; because of your heredity stretching back into forgotten generations; because of every element of environment that has affected you, every man or woman that has met you, every book that you have read, every experience that you have had; all these are accumulated in your memory, your body, your character, your soul. So with a city, a country, and a race; it is its past, and cannot be understood without it. As quoted in "The Gentle Philosopher" (2006) by John Little at the Will Durant Foundation https://web.archive.org/web/20130312115951/http://www.willdurant.com/home.html

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