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Edward Gibbon quotes

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.

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

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.

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.

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

The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.

I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.

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.

But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.

Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.

History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.

The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.