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On the gossip of history:
“Much error has been incorporated [in writings about the past]… the result of a carelessness on the part of those, who without making research and investigation necessary to arrive at truth, seized rumors, traditions, and vague recollections, as sufficient authority upon which to base an assertion, and who substituted their own inferences for authenticated facts. These errors of statement have sometimes been repeated by considerate writers whose distrust was not excited; and this has increased the difficulties of pains-taking historians… It is therefore, to be hoped that, henceforth, writers who heretofore indulged in what may be termed the gossip of history, may no longer accept myths, legends, and traditions as authority, and that they will thus cease to perpetuate the errors…”
– Virgil Anson Lewis (1848-1912)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.”
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955). Life Magazine, p. 62, May 02, 1955.

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