I have previously posted my motto for writing:
“My design was not so much to contribute new facts as to shape the narrative in such a way as to emphasize relations of cause and effect that are often buried in the mass of details.”
~ John Fiske, The American Revolution, Volume 1:vii.
Abraham Lincoln expressed a similar sentiment in his famous Cooper Union Address:
The facts with which I shall deal this evening are mainly old and familiar; nor is there anything new in the general use I shall make of them. If there shall be any novelty, it will be in the mode of presenting the facts, and the inferences and observations following that presentation.