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Edward Gibbon (Historian)

All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
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Amiable weaknesses of human nature.
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In every deed ofhe had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
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Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Decent easy men, who supinely enjoyed the gifts of the founder.
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It was here [at the age of seventeen] that I suspended my religious inquiries.
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I saw and loved.
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I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
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Crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
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The captain of the Hampshire grenadiers...has not been useless to the historian of the Roman Empire.
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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.
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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.
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I was never less alone than when by myself.
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I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
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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.
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The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
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The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
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Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
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Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
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A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
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Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
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History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
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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.
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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.
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My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
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Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
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Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
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I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
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The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
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But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
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