Facts about Edward Gibbon

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Edward Gibbon was a famous Historian from England, who lived between April 27, 1737 and January 16, 1794. He/she became 56 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 31 quotes who is written / told by Edward.

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Famous quotes by Edward Gibbon (31)


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"The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular"
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"Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery"
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"I was never less alone than when by myself"
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"History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind"
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"The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events"
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"My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language"
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"History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind"
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"Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius"
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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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"Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes"
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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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"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"
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"The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature"
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"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect"
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"Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive"
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"Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition"
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"Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity"
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"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"
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"Style is the image of character"
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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 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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"Our work is the presentation of our capabilities"
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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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"I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes"
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"Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty"
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"All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance"
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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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"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"
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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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"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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"A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute"


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