In history, one gathers clues like a detective, tries to present an honest account of what most likely happened, and writes a narrative according to what we know and, where we aren’t absolutely sure, what might be most likely to have happened, within the generally accepted rules of evidence and sources.
Skepticism is an important historical tool. It is the starting point of all revision of hitherto accepted history.
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
Breaking accepted rules does bring people together.
The Spanish offered me their protection, and liberty to those who would fight for the cause of the kings. I accepted their offers, seeing myself entirely abandoned by my brethren, the French.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
If we divine a discrepancy between a man’s words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
No man could have accepted me because I am too rebellious. It would have been catastrophe. I am too into my own thing.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
In most of the world, it is accepted that if animals are to be killed for food, they should be killed without suffering.