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Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon (/???b?n/; 8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organized religion.

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I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.

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Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.

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My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.

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The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as ...

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Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of comp ...

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

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Women [in ancient Rome] were condemned to the perpetual tutelage of parents, husbands, or guardians; ...

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[The] emperor of the West, the feeble and dissolute Valentinian, [had] reached his thirty-fifth year ...

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Style is the image of character.

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To an active mind, indolence is more painful than labor.

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It was with the utmost difficulty that ancient Rome could support the institution of six vestals; bu ...

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History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.

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Where error is irreparable, repentance is useless."

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Religion is a mere question of geography.

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The fortune of nations has often depended on accidents . . .

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