17 Life Lessons From Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”

Just read (some) of Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” via passages. Here are some takeaway points, and life lessons I learned:

1. Active valor

Have disciplined valor; active valor.

Valor, to be strong.

2. Hope is what makes us live

Roman slaves were even given hope; to one day achieve freedom:

Hope; the best comfort of our imperfect condition, was not denied to the Roman slave; and if he had any opportunity of rendering himself either useful or agreeable; he might very naturally expect that the diligence and fidelity of a few years would be rewarded with the inestimable gift of freedom.

3. Public benefits

Many works are erected at private expense; for public benefit.

4. Virtue

Virtue is the only good; vice is the only bad, and everything else is indifferent — Marcus Aurelius

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