It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.
For historians ought to be precise, truthful, and quite unprejudiced, and neither interest nor fear, hatred nor affection, should cause them to swerve from the path of truth, whose mother is history, the rival of time, the depository of great actions, the witness of what is past, the example and instruction of the present, the monitor of the future.
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water.
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