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Quotation by Edward Gibbon
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
Edward Gibbon (1737–1794), British historian. Published in World's Classics as Autobiography. Memoirs of My Life (1796).
This has also been misquoted with the phrase "decent obscurity," following a parody in The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine of the time.
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