Quotes by Edward Gibbon

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
– Edward Gibbon
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
– Edward Gibbon
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
– Edward Gibbon
Corruption, the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty.
– Edward Gibbon
Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.
– Edward Gibbon
Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.
– Edward Gibbon
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
– Edward Gibbon
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
– Edward Gibbon
I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.
– Edward Gibbon
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
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
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
– Edward Gibbon
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
– Edward Gibbon
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
– Edward Gibbon
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
– Edward Gibbon
Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.
– Edward Gibbon
Style is the image of character.
– Edward Gibbon
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
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
– Edward Gibbon
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