Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting & doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry & even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.
— Will Durant (1885–1981)