183 Total Quotes

English Historian Quotes

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

The strategic adversary is fascism... the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.
Michel Foucault
#English Historian

Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
Anita Brookner
#English Historian

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
Michel Foucault
#English Historian

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

The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm.
Thomas Macaulay
#English Historian

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.
M. Trevelyan
#English Historian

Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.
Henry Home
#English Historian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
Edward Gibbon
#English Historian

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
#English Historian

The sea hath fish for every man.
William Camden
#English Historian

Better a bad excuse, than none at all.
William Camden
#English Historian