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Edward Gibbon Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2020
Edward Gibbon Topics
Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind
Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive
Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
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