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Will Durant


U.S. writer, historian, and philosopher

“Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civili-zation is the story of what happened on the banks.”

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source: “More History from the Will Durants: Spry Old Team Does It Again,” by Jim Hicks, Life, October 18, 1963, 92.

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