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Inquiry is fatal to certainty. ...
by Will Durant

Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
- Will Durant

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
- Will Durant

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Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
- Will Durant

Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
- Will Durant

Most of us spend too much time on the last twenty-four
hours and too little on the last six thousand years.
- Will Durant

 

Civilization is the order and freedom is promoting cultural activity.
- Will Durant

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.
- Will Durant

There is nothing in socialism that a little age or
a little money will not cure.
- Will Durant

A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
- Will Durant

We are living in the excesses of freedom.
Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.
- Will Durant

To say nothing, especially when speaking,
is half the art of diplomacy.
- Will Durant

As soon as liberty is complete it dies in anarchy.
- Will Durant

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.
- Will Durant

Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence.
It continues to make us unequal.
- Will Durant

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.
- Will Durant

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared
to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
- Will Durant

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time,
but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
- Will Durant

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
- Will Durant

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often
a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
- Will Durant

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
- Will Durant

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
- Will Durant

Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again,
just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.
- Will Durant

Bankers know that history is inflationary and that
money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.
- Will Durant

The political machine triumphs because it is a united
minority acting against a divided majority.
- Will Durant

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

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing;
education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
- Will Durant

If man 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

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than
reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
- Will Durant

Man became free when he recognized that he was subject to law.
- Will Durant

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty and dies with chaos.
- Will Durant

There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
- Will Durant

Truth always originates in a minority of one,
and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
- Will Durant

Civilization exists by geological consent,
subject to change without notice.
- Will Durant

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
- Will Durant

The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on.
It's the last thing a man will admit,
that his mind ages.
- Will Durant

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

History is mostly guessing; the rest is prejudice.
- Will Durant

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
- Will Durant

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders,
suffers and raises the questions that have bothered
him to the last day of his life,
knowing he will never get the answers.
- Will Durant

You have to be an original individual;
you have to find your innermost core on your own,
with no guide, no guiding scriptures.
It is a dark night, but with the intense fire of inquiry
you are bound to come to the sunrise.
Everybody who has burned with intense inquiry
has found the sunrise.
Others only believe.
Those who believe are not religious,
they are simply avoiding the great adventure
of religion by believing.
- Osho

Quotations are dead unless a spur for inquiry.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America,
the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry,
and of criminal inquiry too.
- Thomas Jefferson

I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance
or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
- Thomas Jefferson

The inquiries of the jurist are in truth prosecuted
much as inquiry in physic and physiology was prosecuted
before observation had taken the place of assumption.
- Henry James Sumner Maine

Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena,
using with its own unique procedures and tools.
- John Barton

Trial.
A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record
the blameless characters of judges,
advocates and jurors.
- Ambrose Bierce

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation
by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
- Richard Dawkins

It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.
- Thomas Paine

The scientist's inquiry into the causes of things is
providing an ever more extensive understanding of nature.
- Kenneth G. Wilson

Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry,
creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among
students and become their role model.
- Abdul Kalam

There was an inquiry just last week about the new Bette Midler show,
and I just didn't want to do that.
- Robert Urich

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise
to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.
- Isaac Asimov

They have shrunk from inquiry, though they have strained after punishment.
I have in every shape dared the one,
that I might,
so far as lay in my power, be able to secure the other.
- Joseph Howe

National languages are all huge systems of vested interests
which sullenly resist critical inquiry.
- Edward Sapir

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
This makes poetry very exciting, unstable,
and interactive.
- John Barton

The most all penetrating spirit before which will open
the possibility of tilting not tables,
but planets, is the spirit of free human inquiry.
Believe only in that.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

True science is never speculative; it employs hypotheses
as suggesting points for inquiry,
but it never adopts the hypotheses as though they were
demonstrated propositions.
- Cleveland Abbe

Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same
woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed;
such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
- Hosea Ballou

Interactive computers and software will,
I think, provide a less costly method of doing some kinds of inquiry,
in knowledge acquisition and even reasoning and interaction.
- Roy Romer

A university's essential character is that of being
a center of free inquiry and criticism -
a thing not to be sacrificed for anything else.
- Richard Hofstadter

As one may bring himself to believe almost anything
he is inclined to believe,
it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry,
'What is truth?'
- Richard Whately

In trials of fact, by oral testimony,
the proper inquiry is not whether is it possible that
the testimony may be false,
but whether there is sufficient probability that it is true.
- Simon Greenleaf

Use heroes as a springboard for inquiry
into the identity and nature of admirably human qualities.
Do not judge heroes -
neither to put them unquestioningly on a pedestal
nor to unkindly probe their flaws.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity,
and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.
- William Winwood Reade

Doubt comes in at the window when inquiry is denied at the door.
- Benjamin Jowett

If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers,
mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
- Alfred Korzybski

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse
us and close doors to further inquiry,
they are likely to be wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

We will that all men know we blame not all the lords,
nor all those that are about the king's person,
nor all gentlemen nor yeomen, nor all men of law,
nor all bishops, nor all priests, but all such as may
be found guilty by just and true inquiry and by the law.
- Jack Cade


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