Quotes by: Edward Gibbon

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Edward Gibbon
Portrait, oil on canvas, of Edward Gibbon by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)
Member of Parliament for Lymington
In office
1781–1784
Preceded by Samuel Salt
Edward Eliot
Succeeded by Samuel Salt
Wilbraham Tollemache
Member of Parliament for Liskeard
In office
1774–1780
Preceded by Harry Burrard
Thomas Dummer
Succeeded by Harry Burrard
William Manning
Personal details
Born 8 May 1737
Putney, Surrey, England
Died 16 January 1794(1794-01-16) (aged 56)
London, England
Nationality British
Political party Whig
Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford

Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
Edward Gibbon
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
Edward Gibbon
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
Edward Gibbon
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
Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
Edward Gibbon
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
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
Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.
Edward Gibbon
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
Edward Gibbon
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
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
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
Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Edward Gibbon
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
Edward Gibbon
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
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
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