"Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Edward Gibbon on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Edward Gibbon on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Edward Gibbon on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Edward Gibbon on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Edward Gibbon on Thomas Paine
"I was never less alone than when by myself."
"Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused."
"Our work is the presentation of our capabilities."
"The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature."
"Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism."