Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
  • Born: May 8, 1737
  • Died: January 16, 1794
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Historian

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All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance. Miscellaneous
As long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than on their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters. Military & Veterans
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty. Corruption
History ... is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind. History
I owe it to myself and to historic truth to declare that some circumstances … are founded only in conjecture and analogy. History
Laws form the most important portion of a nation's history. History
No state, without being soon exhausted, can maintain above the hundredth part of its members in arms and idleness. Military & Veterans
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery. Sympathy ;Foreign Aid
The Battle of Poitiers was an encounter which would change the history of the world. History
The original right of property can only be justified by the accident or merit of prior occupancy Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverable lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive. Intergovernmental Relations
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
The principles of a free constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive. Intergovernmental Relations
The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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 [politician], as equally useful. Religion & God
Whenever the offense inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigor of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous. Power
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. History
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. History
Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition. Hope
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect. Respect
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. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Friendship
I was never less alone than when by myself.
In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule. Government
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
Style is the image of character.
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.
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature. Nature
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
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. Power
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
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.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism. Freedom & Liberty
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.