Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

- Francis Bacon

More like this

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much. - Francis Bacon
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. - Francis Bacon
The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding. - Francis Bacon
Dolendi modus, timendi non item. (To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.) - Francis Bacon

One of my favourite detective novels is The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, which has a bedridden detective try to work out if Richard II was guilty of the murder of his nephews as the Tudors charged.