Top 10 Will Durant Quotes

William James Durant(November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. His best known work includes The Story of Civilization and The Story of Philosophy.

Here are Will Durant’s top ten wisest quotes:


Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.


We teach more by what we are than by what we teach.

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The family is the nucleus of civilization.

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In the end, nothing is lost. Every event, for good or evil, has effects forever.

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Education is the transmission of civilization.

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In the last 3421 years of recorded history, only 268 have seen no war.

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The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.

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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.

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Cultivate your own garden. Do not depend upon teachers to educate you… follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony.

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Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

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Thank you Will Durant!

Interesting Will Durant Facts:

  • He was a teacher and principal at Ferrer Modern School.
  • In 1968, he received the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
  • The Story of Civilization was written by him and Ariel Durant, his wife, in 11 volumes.
  • In 1977, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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