Most popular facts quotes
People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.
Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.
Facts are stubborn things.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.
Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than for illumination.
A wise man recognizes the convenience of a general statement, but he bows to the authority of a particular fact.
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.
Knowing how hard it is to collect a fact, you understand why most people want to have some fun analyzing it.
The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.
Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
Men are divided in opinion as to the facts. And even granting the facts, they explain them in different ways.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
Facts were never pleasing to him. He acquired them with reluctance and got rid of them with relief. He was never on terms with them until he had stood them on their heads.
Facts are to begin with, coercive.
A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.
While playing the part of the detective the investigator follows clues, but having captured his alleged fact, he turns judge and examines the case by means of logically arranged evidence.
Of all the disguises truth assumes, fact is the most misleading.
Feelings change facts.
Life is so very simple when you have no facts to confuse you.
I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing—a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
There is nothing so uncertain and slippery as fact.
Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.
If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner.
A little fact is worth a whole limbo of dreams.
Facts are high explosives.
We may make our own opinions, but facts were made for us; and, if we evade or deny them, it will be the worse for us.
Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.
A fact is a truth unsexed.
The facts of nature are what they are, but we can only view them through the spectacles of our mind.
The human race's favorite method for being in control of facts is to ignore them.
When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "facts." They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Facts are ventriloquist's dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere they say nothing, or talk nonsense.
Truly is has been said, that to a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the Infinite may be seen.
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
The great tragedy of Science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
When facts speak, the wise man listens.
The facts we see depend on where we are placed, and the habits of our eyes.
In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.
Facts are carpet-tacks under the pneumatic tires of theory.
Facts are the air of a scientist. Without them you will never be able to fly.
I have perhaps been slow in coming to realize that the facts are always friendly. Every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true.
She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away. She is a very courageous woman, my lord.
Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower in a truth.
What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian.
We do not deal much in fact when we are contemplating ourselves.
It is as fatal as it is cowardly to blink [at] facts because they are not to our taste.
Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.
Those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl round which have been deposited the delicate layers of ornament.
Facts are the enemy of truth.
The truth is more important than the facts.
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
Facts are not science—as the dictionary is not literature.
For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.
It is bad enough that so many people believe things without any evidence. What is worse is that some people have no conception of evidence and regard facts as just someone else's opinion.