Quotations by Edward Gibbon

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Born: Saturday, April 27, 1737
Died: Thursday, January 16, 1794 (56 years old)
Profession: Historian
Nationality: English


A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Heart)

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
- Edward Gibbon

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Beauty)

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Books, Heroes, Mind)

But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Power)

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Genius, Conversation, School, Solitude, Understanding)

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Corruption, Liberty)

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
(Keywords: First, Man, Teachers)

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Feelings, Fanaticism, Humanity)

History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: History, Mankind)

History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: History, Mankind)

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Hope, Comfort)

I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Income, Wishes)

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Mistake, People, Opinions, Respect)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Friendship, Sex, Being, Desire, Passion, Possession, Rest, Tenderness)

I was never less alone than when by myself.
- Edward Gibbon

It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Work, Action, Memory, Pen, Practice)

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.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: End, May, Reading, Thinking)

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Love, Reading)

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: English, Language, Obscurity)

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
(Keywords: Government, Present, Ridicule, World)

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Sympathy, Misery)

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Work)

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Gratitude, Revenge)

Style is the image of character.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Character, Style)

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Performance)

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Nature, Quality, Courage, Human nature)

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
(Keywords: Beginning, End, Loneliness, Talk, Thinking)

The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Laws)

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Detail, Events)

The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Power, Constitution, Principles)

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
(Keywords: Choice, Exercise, Language, Mind, Style)

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.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: People, World, Worship)

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
- Edward Gibbon

Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Freedom, Possessions, Poverty)

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Habits, Learning, Thinking)

We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
- Edward Gibbon







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