Yes, the one who wrote The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
The art of man is able to construct monuments far more permanent than the narrow span of his own existence; yet these monuments, like himself, are perishable and frail, and in the boundless annals of time, his life and labors must equally be measured as a fleeting moment.
UPDATE: Another Gibbon quote for your contemplation:
It's hard not to, isn't it?
There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify the evils, of the present times.