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Edward Gibbon Quotes

(1737-1794), British Historian

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

Category: Ability

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

Category: Action

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

Category: Army And Navy

Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.

Category: Autobiography

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

Category: Beauty

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

Category: Books And Reading

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

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Critics And Criticism

The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.

Category: Detail

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.

Category: Disasters

I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.

Category: Duty

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

Category: Economy And Economics

Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.

Category: Fanatics And Fanaticism

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.

Category: Gratitude

All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

Category: Growth