Edward Gibbon Quotes

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Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.

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A false modesty is the meanest species of pride.
— Edward Gibbon
The use of our reading is to aid us in thinking.

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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
— Edward Gibbon

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Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.

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

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

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The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
— Edward Gibbon
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.

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I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.
— Edward Gibbon

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Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment', the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
— Edward Gibbon
The love of study, a passion which derives great vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day, each hour, with a perpetual round of independent and rational pleasure.
— Edward Gibbon
The use of our reading is to aid us in thinking.  The perusal of a particular work gives birth, perhaps, to ideas unconnected with the subject of which it treats.

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It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mold, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.

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