Love one another. My final lesson of history is the same as that of Jesus. You may think that’s a lot of lollipop but just try it. Love is the most practical thing in the world. If you take an attitude of love toward everybody you meet, you’ll eventually get along. — Will Durant
Will Durant was 92 years old when he was quoted in the article “Durants on History from the Ages, with Love,” written by Pam Proctor and published in the magazine Parade (6 August 1978) p. 12. He provided this quote when he was asked if he could summarize the lessons of history into a single sentence.
Jesus’ teaching about loving one another must have left a lasting impression on him. After a lifetime of scholarship in the fields of History and Philosophy, he has come to the conclusion that love is the most practical thing in the world.
True or False: Will Durant fell in love with and married a fifteen-year old student while teaching at the Ferrer Modern School.
William James “Will” Durant was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is famous for writing “The Story of Civilization” an 11-volume set. The set was written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant. The volumes were published between November 5, 1885 – November 7, 1981.
While teaching at the Ferrer Modern School, he fell in love with one of his students. He resigned his teaching post to marry Ariel, who was fifteen at the time of the wedding, on October 31, 1913. She was so young that she roller-skated on her way to City Hall for her marriage. a
On November 15, 1977, they published their dual autobiography, Will & Ariel Durant: A Dual Autobiography.
- aHyman, E Paula; Moore, Deborah Dash, eds. (1997), “Durant, Ariel”, Jewish Women in America, Taylor & Francis, p. 343.