The first duty of an historian is to be on guard against his own sympathies.
— James A. Froude

historian -- an unsuccessful novelist.
H. L. Mencken historian quote

The writer's language is to some degree the product of his own action; he is both the historian and the agent of his own language.
— Paul De Man

Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian -- ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
— Lytton Strachey

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.
— Antoine Rivarol