History is that impossible thing: the attempt to give an account, with incomplete knowledge, of actions themselves undertaken with incomplete knowledge.

(Waterland – Graham Swift)

History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.

(The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes)

The days gone by

come back upon me from the dawn almost

Of life: the hiding places of my power

Seem open: I approach and then they close.

I see by glimpses now; when age comes on,

May scarcely see at all.

(Lyrical Ballads – William Wordsworth)

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