Facts Quotes

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Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Feelings change facts.


Facts are stubborn things.
Facts are high explosives.
A fact is a truth unsexed.
Facts are the enemy of truth.
Facts are to begin with, coercive.
Figures don't lie, but liars figure.
Facts are many, but the truth is one.
Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
When facts speak, the wise man listens.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
The truth is more important than the facts.
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.


A little fact is worth a whole limbo of dreams.
Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.

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There is nothing so uncertain and slippery as fact.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.


A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.
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The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.
Facts are not science—as the dictionary is not literature.


Facts are carpet-tacks under the pneumatic tires of theory.
Life is so very simple when you have no facts to confuse you.
Of all the disguises truth assumes, fact is the most misleading.
We do not deal much in fact when we are contemplating ourselves.


What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian.

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The facts we see depend on where we are placed, and the habits of our eyes.
Let us not underrate the value of a fact; it will one day flower in a truth.
Facts are the air of a scientist.  Without them you will never be able to fly.
When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.
The human race's favorite method for being in control of facts is to ignore them.
In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.


There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
The great tragedy of Science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.


It is as fatal as it is cowardly to blink [at] facts because they are not to our taste.
Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.


Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.

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He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than for illumination.
I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.


The facts of nature are what they are, but we can only view them through the spectacles of our mind.
If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner.
Knowing how hard it is to collect a fact, you understand why most people want to have some fun analyzing it.


Men are divided in opinion as to the facts. And even granting the facts, they explain them in different ways.
A wise man recognizes the convenience of a general statement, but he bows to the authority of a particular fact.
Truly is has been said, that to a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the Infinite may be seen.
A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.


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.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called "facts."  They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
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.

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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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.

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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.
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.

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