10+ quotes of Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun (27 May 1332 – 19 March 1406) was was a Muslim North African and great Arab historiographer and historian and is claimed as a forerunner of the modern disciplines of sociology and demography. Ibn Khaldun is regarded to be one of the brightest and most brilliant minds of Muslim world. He also was a economist and is known for good business advice.  He is best known for his book, the Muqaddimah or Prolegomena (“Introduction”). He is claimed as a forerunner of the modern disciplines of sociology and demography.

“Blindly following the ancient customs and traditions doesn’t mean that dead are alive but that the living are dead.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Where there is little acquaintance with knowledge, mistakes do not bring remorse. Where there is little remorse, there can be no wisdom. Where there is no wisdom, life has little meaning.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Empires age and decay in the course of three generations.” -Ibn Khaldun

“Sedentary culture is the goal of civilization. It means the end of its lifespan and brings about its corruption.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Man is essentially Ignorant and becomes learned through acquiring knowledge.” – Ibn Khaldun

“The past resembles the future more than one drop of water resembles another.” Ibn Khaldun

“It should be known that history is a discipline that has a great number of approaches.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Only tribes held together by a group feeling can survive in a desert” – Ibn Khaldun

“Habits are qualities of the soul.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Man is the child of customs, not the child of his ancestors.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Harshness in education pushes children to lie, causing them to act in contradiction to their true selves, fearing punishment & control.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Government is an institution which prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself”. – Ibn Khaldun

“At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low.” – Ibn Khaldun

“Throughout history many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation.” – Ibn Khaldun

“it should be known that at the beginning of the dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.” – Ibn Khaldun

“In civilization there is a limit that cannot be overstepped. When prosperity and luxury come to a people, they are followed by excessive consumption and extravagance, with which the human soul itself is undermined, both in its worldly well-being and in its spiritual life.” – Ibn Khaldun

“history was an endless cycle of flowering and decay, with no evolution or progress except for that from primitive to civilized society.” – Ibn Khaldun