Edward Gibbon (Historian)

#16249 Edward Gibbon

All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about man
#16250 Edward Gibbon

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Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
#16252 Edward Gibbon

diffused order and tranquility over the greatest part of the earth. His reign is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history; which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
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The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about history
#16254 Edward Gibbon

It has been calculated by the ablest politicians that no State, without being soon exhausted, can maintain above the hundredth part of its members in arms and idleness. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about gratitude
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Amiable weaknesses of human nature. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about nature
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In every deed ofhe had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
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Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about path
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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about win
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Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about work
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A long period of distress and anarchy, in which empire, and arts, and riches, had migrated from the banks of the Tiber, was incapable of restoring or adorning the city; and, as all that is human must retrograde if it do not advance, every successive age must have hastened the ruin of the works of antiquity. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about success
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The successors ofmay disdain their brethren of England; but the romance of , that exquisite picture of human manners, will outlive the palace of theand the imperial eagle of the house of Austria. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about romance
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Decent easy men, who supinely enjoyed the gifts of the founder. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about joy
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It was here [at the age of seventeen] that I suspended my religious inquiries. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about age
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I saw and loved. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about love
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I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about love
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Crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about pleasure
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The captain of the Hampshire grenadiers...has not been useless to the historian of the Roman Empire. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about man
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It was Rome, on the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about writing
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On the approach of spring I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about pleasure
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I was never less alone than when by myself. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about self
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I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about people
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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about work
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The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about loneliness
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The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about power
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The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about win
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Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about liberty
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Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about understanding
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A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
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Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about comfort
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History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about lies
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Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about education
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The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about mind
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My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about love
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Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about humanity
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Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about faith
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I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about sin
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The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about path
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But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about power
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Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art
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I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about happiness
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Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about men
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The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular. .

Edward Gibbon Quotes about art

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