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EDWARD GIBBON
English historian
(1737 - 1794)
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A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
      - [Heart]

A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince.
      - [Freedom]

A taste for books, which is still the pleasure and glory of my life.
      - [Books]

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
      - [Progress]

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.
      - [War]

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

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

Every person has two educations--one which be receives from others, and one more important, which he gives himself.
      - [Sentiment]

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

History should be to the political economist a wellspring of experience and wisdom.
      - [Experience]

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

It was among the ruins of the capitol that I first conceived the idea of a work which has amused and exercised nearly twenty years of my life.
      - [Authorship]

Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to what our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
      - [Reading : Thinking]

The best and most important part of every man's education is that which he gives himself.
      - [Education]

The generality of princes, if they were stripped of their purple and cast naked on the world, would immediately sink to the lowest rank of society, without a hope of emerging from their obscurity.
      - [Ancestry]

The Indian who fells the tree that he may gather the fruit, and the Arab who plunders the caravans of commerce are actuated by the same impulse of savage nature, and relinquish for momentary rapine the long and secure possession of the most important blessings.
      - [Impulse]

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day, each hour, with a perpetual source of independent and rational pleasure.
      - [Study]

The nobility of the Spencers has been illustrated and enriched by the trophies of Marlborough; but I exhort them to consider the "Faerie Queene," as the most priceless jewel of their coronet.
      - [Ancestry]

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little circumstances.
      - [Trifles]

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

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
      - [Ability]

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

Those faithful mirrors, which reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
      - [Books]

I saw and loved.
      - Autobiographic Memoirs (p. 48) [Love]

Amiable weakness of human nature.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
        [Weakness]


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