"The historians are aware of the difficulty of combining truth telling with storytelling. Most men, Thucydides remarks, are unwilling to take enough pains 'in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand.' The difficulty according to Tacitus, is the obscurity of the greatest events, 'so that some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.' "
-Mortimer J. Adler, The Great Ideas