Leopold von Ranke Quote
You have reckoned that history ought to judge the past and to instruct the contemporary world as to the future. The present attempt does not yield to that high office. It only wants to show what actually happened.
Geschichten der Romanischen und Germanischen Volker von 1492 bis 1535 (History of the Romance and Germanic Peoples, 1492-1535) (1824), preface