Edward Gibbon's Quotes
Biography of Edward Gibbon
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.Tags: Free, Lost, Power
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.Tags: Freedom, Poverty, Since
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.Tags: Book, Learning, Thinking
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.Tags: Improve, Ourselves, Win
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.Tags: Himself, Personal, Teacher
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.Tags: Single, Try, Work
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.Tags: Best, Himself, Judge
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.Tags: False, True, Useful
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.Tags: Mistake, Opinions, Respect
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.Tags: Genius, School, Solitude
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.Tags: Corruption, Infallible, Liberty
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.Tags: Friendship, Happiness, Sex
History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.Tags: History, Indeed, Mankind
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.Tags: Rich, Since, Wishes
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.Tags: End, Loneliness, Thinking
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.Tags: End, May, Thinking
But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.Tags: Almost, Happy, Power
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.Tags: Early, Love, Reading
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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.Tags: Government, Present, Seems
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.Tags: Faithful, Mind, Minds
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.Tags: Crimes, History, Mankind
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.Tags: Courage, Human, Nature
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.Tags: Choice, Language, Mind
Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.Tags: Beauty, Except, Gift