Edward Gibbon

English historian best known for his history of the Roman Empire (1737-1794)

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All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.
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.
I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
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.
I was never less alone than when by myself.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
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 laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
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.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.
We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.

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