American historian, philosopher and writer (1885–1981)
William James Durant was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He became best known for his work The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".
Will Durant Quotes
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
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.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
The family is the nucleus 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.
We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street and Broadway.