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 :: 1737-1794, British Historian

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A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Action]

 

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All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Growth]

 

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

 

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Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Books and Reading]

 

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Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Liberty]

 

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Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Fanatics and Fanaticism]

 

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History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
~ Edward Gibbon - [History and Historians]

 

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I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Economy and Economics]

 

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I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Duty]

 

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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.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Infatuation]

 

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I was never less alone than when by myself.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Loneliness]

 

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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.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Writers and Writing]

 

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My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Books and Reading]

 

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My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Obscenity]

 

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Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Disasters]

 

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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Gratitude]

 

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Style is the image of character.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Style]

 

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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.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Critics and Criticism]

 

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The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Army and Navy]

 

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The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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