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William James Durant

Geburtstag: 5. November 1885
Todesdatum: 7. November 1981
Andere Namen: ویل دورانت

William James „Will“ Durant war ein US-amerikanischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller.

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Citát „Bildung ist die ständige Entdeckung unserer eigenen Unwissenheit.“

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

—  Will Durant, buch The Story of Philosophy

Variante: We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit
Quelle: The Story of Philosophy (1926), p. 87. The quoted phrases within the quotation are from the Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 4; Book I, 7.
Kontext: 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'.

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

—  Will Durant

Quelle: The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

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

—  Will Durant

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

„A nation is born stoic, and dies epicurean“

—  Will Durant

Quelle: The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), II - Life of Greece (1939), Ch. I: Crete, Section IV: The Fall of Cnossus, P.51

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

—  Will Durant

Quelle: The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

„All the relations of men and women are being changed by this one factor“

—  Will Durant

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.
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Will Durant, buch The Story of Civilization

Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage page 459.
The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), I - Our Oriental Heritage (1935)
Kontext: 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.

„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, buch The Story of Civilization

Quelle: The Story of Civilization (1935–1975), I - Our Oriental Heritage (1935), Ch. III : The Political Elements of Civilization, p. 21
Kontext: 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.

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