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Will Durant

Data di nascita: 5. Novembre 1885
Data di morte: 7. Novembre 1981
Altri nomi: ویل دورانت

William James Durant è stato un filosofo, saggista e storico statunitense.

Egli in particolar modo è l'autore di numerosi articoli giornalistici oltre che della Storia della Filosofia , e della Storia della Civiltà , 32 volumi che impiegò cinquant'anni a scrivere con l'aiuto della sua compagna Ariel.

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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

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

—  Will Durant, libro The Story of Philosophy
The Story of Philosophy (1926), 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.

„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)

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

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

„I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun.“

—  Will Durant, libro The Story of Civilization
The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), VI - The Reformation (1957), Context: I feel for all faiths the warm sympathy of one who has come to learn that even the trust in reason is a precarious faith, and that we are all fragments of darkness groping for the sun. I know no more about the ultimates than the simplest urchin in the streets. Preface

„If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous.“

—  Will Durant, libro The Story of Civilization
The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), I - Our Oriental Heritage (1935), Context: If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. In the simplest societies there is hardly any government. Primitive hunters tend to accept regulation only when they join the hunting pack and prepare for action. The Bushmen usually live in solitary families; the Pygmies of Africa and the simplest natives of Australia admit only temporarily of political organization, and then scatter away to their family groups; the Tasmanians had no chiefs, no laws, no regular government; the Veddahs of Ceylon formed small circles according to family relationship, but had no government; the Kubus of Sumatra "live without men in authority" every family governing itself; the Fuegians are seldom more than twelve together; the Tungus associate sparingly in groups of ten tents or so; the Australian "horde" is seldom larger than sixty souls. In such cases association and cooperation are for special purposes, like hunting; they do not rise to any permanent political order. Ch. III : The Political Elements of Civilization, p. 21

„The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history.“

—  Will Durant, libro The Story of Civilization
The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), I - Our Oriental Heritage (1935), Context: The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within. Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage page 459.

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