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EDWARD GIBBON
English historian
(1737 - 1794)
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Gratitude is expensive.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
        [Gratitude]

The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, and misfortunes of mankind.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. III), (1776) [History]

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. LXVIII) [Navigation]

Vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. LXXI) [Fortune]

Revenge is profitable.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. XI) [Revenge]

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. XLIX) [Philanthropy]

In every deed of mischief, he [Andronicus Comnenus] had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
      - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (vol. IX, p. 94) [Character]

My early and invincible love of reading, . . . I would not exchange for the treasures of India.
      - Memoirs [Reading]

The noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
      - Memoirs (vol. I, p. 116) [Society]

I was never less alone than when by myself.
      - Memoirs (vol. I, p. 117) [Solitude]

In the second century of the Christian era, the empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilized portion of mankind.
      - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
        [Books (First Lines)]

Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
      - The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
         (ch. XIV, vol. I) [Law]


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