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Inside this Book – It is a truism of psychology that negative experiences make more lasting impressions than positive ones; a man can remember perfectly the last fight with his wife, but not their last shared laugh. Thus, much daily cheerfulness is merely the result of a willful ignorance of the foul things in life. Gibbon is, if not unique, then at least in a rare class of individuals who naturally savor the good things in life, and do not dwell on the bad. This magnificent ability allowed him to survey the wastes of human history—with all of its slaughters, persecutions, and injustices—without becoming dreary or pessimistic. This is not to say that he does not give the horrors of history their proper weight; perhaps even the opposite is true: he spends many hours slowly unraveling the threads of barbarity that are interwoven with the decline of the Roman Empire. This is to say that, through this ignominious tapestry, Gibbon can always see a golden thread, not far off, glinting prettily.
Inside this book –Memoirs of My Life and Writings PDF Book by Edward Gibbon – It was on the night of the 27th of June 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last line of the last page in a summer-house in my garden. After laying down my pen, I took several turns in a berceau, or covered walk of acacias . I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and, perhaps the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind by the idea that I had taken an everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that whatsoever might be the future fate of my history, the life of the historian must be short and precarious.
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