Will Durant Quotes

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

This quote is often misattributed to Aristotle. Durant was summarizing some connected statements by Aristotle as follows: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather have these because we have acted rightly; these virtues are formed in man by doing his actions; <b>we are we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.</b>” See related Aristotle quote for additional context.
Will Durant
Will Durant
  • Born: November 5, 1885
  • Died: November 7, 1981
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Historian

William James "Will" Durant was an American writer, historian, and philosopher. He became best known for his work The Story of Civilization, 11 volumes written in collaboration with his wife, Ariel Durant, and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for The Story of Philosophy (1926), described as "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy".