I’m currently reading Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant and absolutely loving it. This book is a goldmine of knowledge and wisdom. Here are a few of the gems I’ve taken from this book and found them incredibly powerful insights.
Lessons from Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant
“If the average man had had his way there would probably never have been any state. Even today he resents it, classes death with taxes, and yearns for that government which governs least. If he 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.”
“Shame is a child of custom rather than of nature.”
“No language has ever had a word for a virgin man.”
Because men are sex machines and women were property.
“There is hardly an absurdity of the past that cannot be found flourishing somewhere in the present. Underneath all civilization, ancient or modern, moved and still moves a sea of magic, superstition and sorcery. Perhaps they will remain when the works of our reason have passed away.”
“Civilizations are the generations of the racial soul. As family-rearing, and then writing, bound the generations together, handing down the lore of the dying to the young, so print and commerce and a thousand ways of communication may bind the civilizations together, and preserve for future cultures all that is of value for them in our own. Let us, before we die, gather up our heritage, and offer it to our children.”
“The worst conceivable government would be by philosophers; they botch every natural process with theory; their ability to make speeches and multiply ideas is precisely the sign of their incapacity for action.”
“There are not many things finer in our murderous species than this noble curiosity, this restless and reckless passion to understand.”
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