Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
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.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
Who does not know that the first law of historical writing is the truth.
Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.
Even if you have nothing to write, write and say so.
Nulla (enim) res tantum ad dicendum proficit, quantum scriptio Nothing so much assists learning as writing down what we wish to remember.
How do our philosophers act? Do they not inscribe their signatures to the very essays they write on the propriety of despising glory.
Who does not know history's first law to be that an author must not dare to tell anything but the truth? And its second that he must make bold to tell the whole truth? That there must be no suggestion of partiality anywhere in his writings? Nor of malice?
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