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Will Durant—The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Despite the prejudices and theological preconceptions of the evangelists, they record many incidents that mere inventors would have concealed—the competition of the apostles for high places in the Kingdom, their flight after Jesus’ arrest, Peter’s denial, the failure of Christ to work miracles in Galilee, the references of some auditors to his possible insanity, his early uncertainty as to his mission, his confessions of ignorance as to the future, his moments of bitterness, his despairing cry on the cross; no one reading these scenes can doubt the reality of the figure behind them. That a few simple men should in one generation have invented so powerful and appealing a personality, so lofty an ethic, and so inspiring a vision of human brotherhood, would be a miracle far more incredible than any recorded in the Gospels. After two centuries of Higher Criticism the outlines of the life, character, and teaching of Christ remain reasonably clear, and constitute the most fascinating feature in the history of Western man.
—  Will Durant, “Caesar and Christ,” The Story of Civilization, vol. 3 (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1944), p. 557
The essence of a higher education is the search for Ideas: for generalizations, laws of sequence, and ideals of development; behind things we must discover their relation and meaning, their mode and law of operation, the function and ideal they serve or adumbrate; we must classify and coordinate our sense experience in terms of law and purpose.
—  The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers, Will Durant
What better way is there no make men love one another than to make men understand one another. True charity comes only with clarity-just as mercy is but justice that understands. Surely the root of all evil is the inability to see clearly that which is.
—  Will Durant

ভারত এবং ভারতীয় ভাষা সম্পর্কে বিখ্যাত ঐতিহাসিক Will Durant বলেছেন:

India was the motherland of our race and Sanskrit the mother of European languages.

She was the mother of our philosophy ;

mother, through the Arabs,of much of our mathematics ;

mother,through Buddha of the ideals embodied in Christianity ;

mother,through the village community, of self government and democracy.

Mother India in many ways,is the mother of us all.

So much of our lives is meaningless, a self-canceling vacillation and futility; we strive with the chaos about us and within; but we would believe all the while that there is something vital and significant in us, could we but decipher our own souls.
—  Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1926)
Analysis belongs to science, and gives us knowledge; Philosophy must provide a synthesis for wisdom. The sciences are the windows through which philosophy views the world.
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Will Durant

We owe it to Schopenhauer that he revealed our secret hearts to us, showed us that our desires are the axioms of our philosophies, and cleared the way to an understanding of thought as no mere abstract calculation of impersonal  events, but as a flexible instrument of action and desire.“

- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1926)

“So much of our lives is meaningless, a self-canceling vacillation and futility; we strive with the chaos about us and within; but we would believe all the while that there is something vital and significant in us, could we but decipher our own souls.”

- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (1926)

The rich have become so unsocial that those who own property had rather throw their possessions into the sea than lend aid to the needy, while those who are in poorer circumstances would less gladly find a treasure than seize the possessions of the rich
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Isocrates 366 B.C.

The Lessons of History. Chap. X Government and History

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