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Edward Gibbon
April 27, 1737 - January 16, 1794
Nationality: English
Category: Historian
Subcategory: English Historian

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.


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.


The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.


History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.


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.


A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.


The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.


Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.


My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.


My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.


The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.


Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.


Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.


Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.


I was never less alone than when by myself.


Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.


The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.


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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