Thursday, November 28, 2013

Daily Dose

From Gibbon's Autobiography, edited by M. M. Reese


"Had I believed that the majority of English readers were so fondly attached even to the name and shadow of Christianity; had I foreseen the pious, the timid, and the prudent, would feel, or affect to feel, with such exquisite sensibility, I might, perhaps, have softened the two invidious chapters, which would create many enemies, and conciliate few friends."

From page 103, this edition

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