Edward Gibbon

1737 - 1794

A Quote by Edward Gibbon on chivalry, affection, and imam ali

“As for this young Ali, one cannot but like him.  A noble-minded creature, as he shows himself, now and always afterwards; full of affection, of fiery daring.  Something chivalrous in him; brave as a lion; yet with a grace, a truth and affection worthy of Christian knighthood.”


Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: [On Heroes, Hero-Worship, And The Heroic In History, 1841, Lecture 2: The Hero as Prophet. Mahomet: Islam. May 8, 1840)]

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on love

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I saw and loved.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Memoirs. Vol. i. p. 106.

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on people, philosophy, world, and worship

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 (1737 - 1794)

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on history and mankind

The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. iii.

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on gratitude, profit, and revenge

Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. xi.

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on laws

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The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on deed, execution, and heart

In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. xlviii.

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on misery and sympathy

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. xlix.

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on death, happiness, history, prosperity, and world

If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. [96-180 A.D.]

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

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A Quote by Edward Gibbon on nature

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Amiable weaknesses of human nature.

Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. xiv.

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