"History is not what you thought. It is what you can remember." Sellar and Yeatman, 1066 and All That.
"History, like wood, has a grain in it which determines how it splits; and those in authority, besides trying to shape and direct events, sometimes find it more convenient just to let them happen." -- Malcolm Muggeridge, The Infernal Grove
"If my theory does not embrace the physical facts (though I am sure it does) it embraces the subjective ones. This in itself may be a new discovery. Every theory is true in some discipline. The beauty of this is that it carries its own confirmation. It ravishes me." -- Gene Wolfe, "In Glory Like Their Star."
"It don't never hoit to look at evidence, provided you keep in mind that it ain't nothin' but evidence." -- Albert E. Cowdrey, "Queen for a Day"
"Progress never comes without a price. The boons of science always hurt." -- Michael Blumlein, "Know How, Can Do."