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Facts

  • Too many facts are sometimes as dangerous as too few.

  • ...there is nothing so uncertain and slippery as fact.

  • The human race's favorite method for being in control of facts is to ignore them.

  • ... it is of equal importance with the discovery of facts to know what to do with them ...

  • We cannot alter facts, but we can alter our ways of looking at them.

  • Human intellectual progress, such as it has been, results from our long struggle to see things 'as they are,' or in the most universally comprehensive way, and not as projections of our own emotions. Thunder is not a tantrum in the sky, disease is not a divine punishment, and not every death or accident results from witchcraft.

  • Every fact is impure, but every fact contains in it the juices of life. Every fact is a clod, from which may grow an amaranth or a palm.

  • Life is so very simple when you have no facts to confuse you.

  • She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away.

  • Facts mean nothing to wounded feelings ...

  • We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.


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  • Truth is far and flat, and fancy is fiery; and truth is cold, and people feel the cold, and they may wrap themselves against it in fancies that are fiery, but they should not call them facts; and, generally, poets do not; they are shrewd, they feel the cold, too, but they know a hawk from a handsaw, a fact from a fancy, as none knows better.

  • We must love all facts, not for their consequences, but because in each fact God is there present.

  • The most familiar facts are often hardest to understand.

  • A concept is stronger than a fact.

  • When we know what we want to prove, we go out and find our facts. They are always there.

  • ... in science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal, enjoy democratic equality.

  • Facts are stubborn things, but, as some one has wisely said, not half so stubborn as fallacies.

  • It is wiser, I believe, to arrive at theory by way of evidence rather than the other way round ... It is more rewarding, in any case, to assemble the facts first and, in the process of arranging them in narrative form, to discover a theory or a historical generalization emerging on its own accord.

  • Wooden-headedness, the source of self-deception, is a factor that plays a remarkably large role in government. It consists in assessing a situation in terms of preconceived fixed notions while ignoring or rejecting any contrary signs. It is acting according to wish while not allowing oneself to be deflected by the facts.

  • There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

  • Fact makes a hard bed for the harassed, the outnumbered, the weary.

  • Fact explains nothing. On the contrary, it is fact that requires explanation.

  • ... facts don't lie — not if you've got enough of 'em.

  • ... facts, tenderly treated, are as good a food for the soul as for the mind ...

  • I love truth, although I shall die hating mere facts, because they are misleading.

  • I'm not afraid of facts; I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called scientific mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

    • Cynthia Ozick,
    • "We Are the Crazy Lady and Other Feisty Feminist Fables," in Ms. ()
  • Facts, I feel, should be ready to yield to manipulation. But unfortunately they're a stubborn lot.

  • Facts — all facts — explain and confirm each other. They are only partially true until you link them together.

  • Facts are only tools to gain control over yourself and other people.

  • It's not facts that hurt people, it's their attitude towards facts.

  • ... I most carefully confined myself to facts and arranged those facts on as thin a line of connecting opinion as possible.

  • If there is an opinion, facts will be found to support it.

  • There are facts, and there's truth. They're not always the same thing.

  • Hindsight, usually looked down upon, is probably as valuable as foresight, since it does include a few facts.

  • Facts are fine, fer as they go ... but they're like water bugs skittering atop the water. Legends, now — they go deep down and bring up the heart of a story.

  • Several decades ago, a detachment of the American right cut itself loose from reason, and it has been drifting along happily ever since. If the birthers are more evidently kooky than the global-warming 'skeptics' or the death-panellers or the supply-siders or the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, they are, in their fundamental disregard for the facts, actually mainstream.

  • [On the birther movement:] Here we are, quadrillions of bytes deep into the Information Age. And yet information, it seems, has never mattered less.

  • When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.

  • No facts however indubitably detected, no effort of reason however magnificently maintained, can prove that Bach's music is beautiful.

  • I never 'faced facts' in life, so I survived. If I'd faced facts, I would have realized that I was a plain little girl with bow legs from Quincy, Massachusetts, and never gone on the stage. You must never face facts.

  • ... facts are ugly, stubborn things.

  • Facts: Words treated as statement of actuality by those who agree with them.

    • Cheris Kramarae,
    • in Cheris Kramarae and Paula A. Treichler, A Feminist Dictionary ()