"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity."
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio
"I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood."
George R.R. Martin, (1948 - ), A Feast for Crows