Quotation of the Day

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

“The siege of Constantinople by the Turks attracts our first attention to the person and character of the great destroyer.  Mohammed the Second was the son of Amurath; and although his mother has been decorated with the title of Christian and princess, she is more probably confounded with the numerous concubines who peopled from every climate the harem of the sultan.  His first education and sentiments were those of a devout Musulman; and as often as he conversed with an infidel he purified his hands and face by the legal rites of ablution.  Age and empire appear to have relaxed this narrow bigotry: his aspiring genius distained to acknowledge a power above his own; and in his looser hours he presumed (it is said) to brand the prophet of Mecca as a robber and imposter.  Yet the sultan persevered in a decent reverence for the doctrine and discipline of the Koran: his private indiscretion must have been sacred from the vulgar ear; and we should expect the credulity  of strangers and secretaries, so prone to believe that a mind which is hardened against truth must be armed with superior contempt for absurdity and error.” ― The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, Volume III, 1185 A. D. ― 1453 A. D., Page 747, The Modern Library, New York, Random House.

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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