77 Total Quotes

Edward Gibbon Quotes

The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant.
Edward Gibbon
#Public #Law

We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian #Choice

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
#English Historian #Desire

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
Edward Gibbon
#Work #English Historian

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian #Opinions

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian #Books And Reading

Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius
Edward Gibbon
#Conversation

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused
Edward Gibbon
#Beauty

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.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
Edward Gibbon
#Age And Aging #Beginning

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian #Heart

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
Edward Gibbon
#Learning #English Historian

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
Edward Gibbon
#Love #English Historian

The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

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
Edward Gibbon
#People

The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive
Edward Gibbon
#Power

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive
Edward Gibbon
#Gratitude

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
Edward Gibbon
#Applause