William James Durant (November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981) 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. He was earlier noted for “The Story of Philosophy,” written in 1926, which one observer described as “a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy.”

Will We Learn from Rome?

By |2020-01-08T13:26:46-06:00January 25th, 2012|Categories: Family, Featured, Rome, Will Durant, Wisdom|

The rise of Rome from a crossroads town to world mastery, its achievement of two centuries of security and peace from the Crimea to Gibraltar and from the Euphrates to Hadrian’s Wall, its spread of classic civilization over the Mediterranean and western European world, its struggle to preserve its ordered realm from a surrounding [...]

What is Wisdom?

By |2019-08-15T12:26:46-05:00January 11th, 2012|Categories: Family, Featured, Will Durant, Wisdom|

     To the philosopher, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. — Emerson      What is wisdom? I feel like a droplet of spray which proudly poised for a moment on the crest of a wave, undertakes to analyze the sea. Ideally, wisdom is [...]

Civilization: To be Learned and Earned

By |2020-12-11T17:08:19-06:00March 18th, 2011|Categories: Family, Featured, Liberal Learning, Quotation, Will Durant, Wisdom|

Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again... Consider education not as the painful accumulation of facts and dates and reigns, nor merely the necessary preparation of the individual to [...]

On a Legacy

By |2019-04-04T10:40:05-05:00February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Family, Featured, Quotation, Will Durant, Wisdom|

If a man is fortunate he will, before he dies, gather up as much as he can of his civilized heritage and transmit it to his children. And to his final breath he will be grateful for this inexhaustible legacy, knowing that it is our nourishing mother and our lasting life.—The Lessons of History [...]

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