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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
– 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.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
A statesman cannot afford to be a moralist.
The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
Bankers know that history is inflationary and that money is the last thing a wise man will hoard.
Inquiry is fatal to certainty.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
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.
When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance.
To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
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.
The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
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.
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.
There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.