You watch a historic documentary and the voiceover quotes of the "great whomever.." play into the soundtrack saying something ..profound while they were completely in a place all alone or were the last one to die on a battle field? The "great whomever.." may say his last dying words just atop his breath to himself in a last profound and dramatic moment. No one was there to capture their quote(s), or anything else for that matter. If there could have been, they were usually "nobodies" at that time, and would not have had a historian following them around to catch their last words atop their dying breath. Or, when they are abandoned on a boat lost at sea and we hear about decision they made and those "profound" quotes about them. If a historian was on the battle field too with them, was he bulletproof and left to be the real sole survivor of the war that ran back with his line for line notes in his little notebook to start working on a story about a person that he has no idea will be of any significance one day? Please help me with this if you can. It drives me nuts when this stuff is on TV and everyone else is just eating it all up. I had to leave the room. Sorry if I've ruined documentaries for any of you. Wasn't my intent.