About Will Durant
William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife Ariel Durant and published between 1935 and 1975.
November 5, 1885, North Adams, Massachusetts
November 7, 1981, Los Angeles, California
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Will Durant Quotes
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
The Story of Philosophy, 1926
Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves; let us be above such transparent egotism. If you can't say good and encouraging things, say nothing. Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.
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