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.
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. 71
I was never less alone than when by myself.
Source: Memoirs. Vol. i. P. 117.
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.
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