The first of earthly blessings, independence.
Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794)
Contributed by: Zaady
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverable lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.
. . . vicissitudes of fortune, which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works, which buries empires and cities in a common grave.
Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. lxxi.
On the approach of spring I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
Source: Memoirs. Vol. i. P. 116.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
All that is human must retrograde if it do not advance.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
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