Will Durant Quote
“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.”
Durant, Will. Commencement Speech. We Have a Right To Be Happy Today. Webb School of Claremont, CA. 7 Jun 1958.
As quoted in "Books: The Great Gadfly", Time magazine, 8 October 1965
“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.”
From his article "Is Democracy a Failure?". As printed in: Harper's Magazine, Volume 153 (Harper's Magazine Company, 1927), p. 558
As quoted in: Distilled Wisdom, Alfred Armand Montapert, Prentice-Hall, 1964, p. 63
Born: November 5, 1885
Died: November 7, 1981 (aged 96)
Occupation: Historian, writer, philosopher, teacher
Bio: 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. 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.