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Quote: Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts. Author: Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1918, American Historian

Quote: 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. Author: John Adams 1735-1826, Second President of the USA

Quote: It is not the facts which guide the conduct of men, but their opinions about facts; which may be entirely wrong. We can only make them right by discussion Author: Norman Angell 1872-1967, British Writer, Pacifist

Quote: Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts. Author: Francis Bacon 1561-1626, British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Quote: If you get all the facts, your judgment can be right; if you don't get all the facts, it can't be right. Author: Bernard M. Baruch 1870-1965, American Financier

Quote: Facts can't be recounted; much less twice over, and far less still by different persons. I've already drummed that thoroughly into your head. What happens is that your wretched memory remembers the words and forgets what's behind them. Author: Augusto Roa Bastos 1917-, Paraguayan Novelist

Quote: The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions. Author: Walter Benjamin 1982-1940, German Critic, Philosopher

Quote: Remember son, many a good story has been ruined by over verification. Author: James Gordon Bennett 1795-1872, British-born American Journalist

Quote: A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes. Author: Claude Bernard 1813-1878, French Physiologist

Quote: People can refute your facts, but never your feelings. Author: Sharon Anthony Bower American Author

Quote: Facts in books, statistics in encyclopedias, the ability to use them in men's heads. Author: Fogg Brackell

Quote: It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. Author: Edmund Burke 1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman

Quote: Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows. Author: Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

Quote: 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. Author: Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

Quote: What are your historical Facts; still more your biographical? Wilt thou know a man by stringing-together beadrolls of what thou namest Facts? Author: Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

Quote: I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious -- because the obvious is what people need to be told. Author: Dale Carnegie 1888-1955, American Author, Trainer

Quote: The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers groceries causes change in our nutrition. Author: Richard Clark

Quote: Now, what I want is, facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir! Author: Charles Dickens 1812-1870, British Novelist

Quote: As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Author: Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister

Quote: Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them. Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930, British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''

Quote: There is nothing as deceptive as an obvious fact. Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930, British Author, ''Sherlock Holmes''

Quote: Facts are the most important thing in business. Study facts and do more than is expected of you. Author: Frederick Hudson Ecker American Business Executive, Chairman of Metropolitan Life

Quote: If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. Author: Albert Einstein 1879-1955, German-born American Physicist

Quote: Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. Author: George Eliot 1819-1880, British Novelist

Quote: Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other; given the upper, to find the under side. Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist

Quote: If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner. Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist

Quote: No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back. Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist

Quote: Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts. Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist

Quote: Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other. Author: William Faulkner 1897-1962, American Novelist

Quote: To some lawyers, all facts are created equal. Author: Felix Frankfurter 1882-1965, Austrian-born American Law Teacher, Judge

Quote: Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong. Author: Thomas Fuller 1608-1661, British Clergyman, Author

Quote: Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity. Author: Jean Genet 1910-1986, French Playwright, Novelist

Quote: A concept is stronger than a fact. Author: Charlotte P. Gillman 1860-1935, American Feminist and Writer

Quote: The facts: nothing matters but the facts: worship of the facts leads to everything, to happiness first of all and then to wealth. Author: Edmond and Jules De Goncourt 1822-1896, French Writers

Quote: General principles are not the less true or important because from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it. Author: William Hazlitt 1778-1830, British Essayist

Quote: Facts are counterrevolutionary. Author: Eric Hoffer 1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher

Quote: All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called ''facts.'' They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain. Who does not know fellows that always have an ill-conditioned fact or two that they lead after them into decent company like so many bull-dogs, ready to let them slip at every ingenious suggestion, or convenient generalization, or pleasant fancy? I allow no ''facts'' at this table. Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894, American Author, Wit, Poet

Quote: Facts are ventriloquists dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism. Author: Aldous Huxley 1894-1963, British Author

Quote: Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored. Author: Aldous Huxley 1894-1963, British Author

Quote: A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words. Author: Thomas H. Huxley 1825-1895, British Biologist, Educator

Quote: Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. Author: Thomas H. Huxley 1825-1895, British Biologist, Educator

Quote: I have always found that if I move with seventy-five percent or more of the facts that I usually never regret it. It's the guys who wait to have everything perfect that drive you crazy. Author: Lee Iacocca 1924-, American Businessman, Former CEO of Chrysler

Quote: The fatal futility of Fact. Author: Henry James 1843-1916, American Author

Quote: Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness. It is itself almost religious. Our scientific temper is devout. Author: William James 1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author

Quote: The god whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively, a God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals. Author: William James 1842-1910, American Psychologist, Professor, Author

Quote: One precedent creates another and they soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was a fact, today is doctrine. Author: Junius 1769-1771, Anonymous British Letter Writer

Quote: The ultimate umpire of all things in life is -- fact. Author: Agnes C. Laut 1871-1936, Canadian Journalist, Author

Quote: One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways. Author: Karl A. Menninger 1893-1990, American Psychiatrist

Quote: Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. Author: Jawaharlal Nehru 1889-1964, Indian Nationalist, Statesman

Quote: There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths. Author: Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900, German Philosopher

Quote: There are no facts, only interpretations. Author: Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900, German Philosopher

Quote: 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. Author: Cynthia Ozick 1928-, American Novelist, short-story Writer

Quote: A fact is like a sack -- it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place. Author: Luigi Pirandello 1867-1936, Italian Author, Playwright

Quote: The sky is not less blue because the blind man does not see it. Author: Danish Proverb Sayings of Danish Origin

Quote: Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth. Author: William C. Redfield

Quote: The facts are always friendly, every bit of evidence one can acquire, in any area, leads one that much closer to what is true. Author: Carl Rogers 1902-1987, American Psychotherapist

Quote: I might show facts as plain as day: but, since your eyes are blind, you'd say, ''Where? What?'' and turn away. Author: Christina Rossetti 1830-1894, British Poet, Lyricist

Quote: Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. Author: Philip Roth 1933-, American Novelist

Quote: Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires. Author: Bertrand Russell 1872-1970, British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist

Quote: She always says, my lord, that facts are like cows. If you look them in the face hard enough they generally run away. Author: Dorothy L. Sayers 1893-1957, British Author

Quote: Comment is free but facts are sacred. Author: Charles Prestwich Scott 1846-1932, British Newspaper Editor

Quote: It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears. Author: Rod Serling 1924-1975, American Television Script-writer

Quote: We should keep so close to facts that we never have to remember the second time what we said the first time. Author: F. Marion Smith

Quote: Oh, don't tell me of facts -- I never believe facts: you know Canning said nothing was so fallacious as facts, except figures. Author: Sydney Smith 1771-1845, British Writer, Clergyman

Quote: My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought -- with these I deal. Author: Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Quote: Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Author: Mark Twain 1835-1910, American Humorist, Writer

Quote: I often wish that I could rid the world of the tyranny of facts. What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease. Author: Source Unknown

Quote: It is easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before. Author: Source Unknown

Quote: Never forget the facts are important but it's the opinion of the facts that causes comment. Author: Source Unknown

Quote: Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is. When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, tolerable it was. We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows. Author: John Updike 1932-, American Novelist, Critic

Quote: It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true. Author: Gore Vidal 1925-, American Novelist, Critic

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