Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Gibbon on toleration

"The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."

Edward Gibbon, The decline and fall of the Roman empire (1776-88), chap. 2, as reproduced in the 5th edition of the Oxford dictionary of quotations (1999).

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