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—  Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 avant J.-C.
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„Herodotus says, "Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects."“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
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