Had Mr. Gibbon lived in France, Spain, or Italy, he might with the fame reason have ranked the doctrine of transubstantiation, and the worship of saints and angels among the essentials of Christianity, as the doctrines of the trinity and of the atonement.
Another damned, thick, square book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh! Mr Gibbon?
Acts themselves alone are history, and these are neither the exclusive property of Hume, Gibbon nor Voltaire, Echard, Rapin, Plutarch, nor Herodotus. Tell me the Acts, O historian, and leave me to reason upon them as I please; away with your reasoning and your rubbish. All that is not action is not worth reading.william blake
Edward Gibbon: "In a distant age and climate, the tragic scene of the death of Husein will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader."