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 :: 1737-1794, British Historian

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The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Detail]

 

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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 - [Writers and Writing]

 

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The urgent consideration of the public safety may undoubtedly authorize the violation of every positive law. How far that or any other consideration may operate to dissolve the natural obligations of humanity and justice, is a doctrine of which I still desire to remain ignorant.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Public]

 

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The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Ability]

 

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Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Autobiography]

 

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Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved-to write a book.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Learning]

 

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We improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be contest, and we must win.
~ Edward Gibbon - [Self-control]

 

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