Quotes by Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon

British historian

Alive from: 1737-1794

Category: History and sociology

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    A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
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    All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
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    Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
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    Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
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    Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
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    Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
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    History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
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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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    I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
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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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    I was never less alone than when by myself.
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    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.
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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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    My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
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    Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
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