Edward Gibbon Quotes

45 Edward Gibbon quotes:

"The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness."
"Our work is the presentation of our capabilities."
"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind."
"The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature."
"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty."
"I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son."
"We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win."
"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect."
"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."
"A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute."
"Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book."
"My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India."
"The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular."
"My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language."
"Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity."
"The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events."
"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."
"Style is the image of character."
"I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes."
"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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