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4600 Edward Gibbon 1737-1794 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)
QUOTATION:The reign of Antoninus is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history, which is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. iii.
Note 1.
L’histoire n’est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs (History is but the record of crimes and misfortunes).—Francis M. Voltaire: L’Ingénu, chap. x. [back]