Edward Gibbon Quote
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6: Complete in Eight Volumes (1825 edition)
“If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery [gunpowder] with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind.”
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 65 (1776–1788)
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsEdward Gibbon
Born: May 8, 1737
Died: January 16, 1794 (aged 56)
Bio: Edward Gibbon was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organized religion.