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Edward Gibbon Quotes

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The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

~ Edward Gibbon

- The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

~ Edward Gibbon

The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.

~ Edward Gibbon

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

~ Edward Gibbon

In the end more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

~ Edward Gibbon
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