January 30, 2017

“History to be above dispute must be based on facts, not on opinion.” (T.S. Acton, British writer and historian)

“…for it is the true office of history to represent the events themselves together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon to the liberty and faculty of every man’s judgment.” (Bacon, Advancement of Learning, book 2)

“The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Oratore, II.XV.62)

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” (Joseph Goebbels – As one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous orations and visceral and homicidal anti-Semitism.”)

“If you don’t tell the whole story, it is the same as lying.” (Benjamin Franklin)

“Half a truth is often a great lie.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Historian Thomas Hughes – His first goal was “a high standard of historical accuracy.” His 2nd goal was to “retain vital human interest.” “Impartiality and catholicity of spirit are of paramount importance, and freedom from prejudice is the best preventative against a reversal by posterity of the judgment of our time.”

“A good lie is easier to believe than the truth.” (Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek Voyager)

“Beware politicians who claim to be historians.” (John LaBatte)

“People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it.” (Walter Langer)

“History is not history unless it is the truth.” (Abraham Lincoln)

“The thing about quotes on the Internet is that it is difficult to confirm their validity.” (Abraham Lincoln)

“Everything changes but the truth.” (Clayton Moore -The Lone Ranger)

“…for historians ought to be precise, faithful, and unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should make them swerve from the way of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depositary of great actions, the witness of the past, example to the present, and monitor to the future.” (Don Quixote, chapter 9)

“…we owe it to those who died and suffered to tell the truth, and we owe it to future generations not to lie to them.” (Anton Treuer, Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, page 32)

“The dead are owed the truth.” (Feb 12, 2014 court trial)

“Remember the past—understand it—move on.” (New Ulm Journal Editorial)

“It is not always easy to do the right thing.” (Unknown)