Literary Birthday - 10 May - Ariel Durant

Ariel Durant was born 10 May 1898, and died  25 October 1981

Five Quotes

  1. A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
  2. The influence of geographic factors diminishes as technology grows. The character and contour of a terrain may offer opportunities for agriculture, mining, or trade, but only the imagination and initiative of leaders, and the hardy industry of followers, can transform the possibilities into fact…Man, not the earth, makes civilization.
  3. If you have character, endeavour, personality, courage and the capacity for concentrated labour, you will do what is your destiny – and, perhaps, even do it well.
  4. The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding.
  5. We must operate with partial knowledge, and be provisionally content with probabilities.

Durant was a Russian-born American researcher and writer, the co-author ofThe Story of Civilization with her husband Will Durant.

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