Edward Gibbon Quote

“In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all - security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.”

~ Edward Gibbon

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1909

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to the Athenian Amerika. An encyclopedia of examples could here be given.

E Archer, NYC

What makes us different than the Athenians? Is there enough time for Americans to wake up?


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