Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon


Author Profession: English historian
Born: May 08, 1737
Died: January 16, 1794
Birth Sign: Taurus


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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.

But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.

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

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

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.

I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.

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