Quotations on Facts

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It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they're not the only players in this game.
- Floyd Abrams
(Keywords: Winning, Facts, Judges, Law, Lawyers, Losing)

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
- Henry B. Adams
(Keywords: Education, Facts, Ignorance, Nothing)

Facts are stupid until brought into connection with some general law.
- Louis Agassiz
(Keywords: Connection, Facts, Law)

When does she do all this thinking? We're together all the time but she thinks deeply about things and with feeling and she can remember the facts. We've been married 48 years.
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Time, Facts, Feeling, Thinking, Years)

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Truth, Difference, Facts, World)

I believe that historians and analysts of historical events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events, which they make their subject.
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Keywords: Authority, Events, Facts, Historians, Living)

The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts. And there was a considerable challenge to that here and understandably so.
- Howard Baker
(Keywords: Challenge, Emotion, Facts, Negotiation)

Let's face facts, this is visual medium, there's a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don't make a career out of that anymore as an actor.
- Alec Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Actor, Career, Facts, Trouble)

The interpretation of facts in a certain way stimulates other scientists' thoughts.
- Robert Barany
(Keywords: Thoughts, Facts, Scientists)

Let me share some facts with you about the law in most of our country. California is in many ways a little different from the rest of the world, and California has better gun laws than many states, although California's need to be improved.
- Michael D. Barnes
(Keywords: Country, Facts, Law, Laws, Rest, states, World)

I don't think his life has been in any way disfigured by the film. The film did disclose some difficult facts.
- Martin Bashir
(Keywords: Life, Facts, Film)

The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: Life, Power, Facts, Present)

Our job is to bring the dead facts to life.
- William Bernbach
(Keywords: Life, Facts, Job)

There never has been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented. The common man, I think, is the great protection against war.
- Ernest Bevin
(Keywords: War, Facts, Folk, Man, Protection)

While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.
- Larry Bird
(Keywords: Nature, Trust, Day, Facts, Formula, Future, Will)

Instead of explaining the sober facts of mechanics and electricity, I want to say a few words about the debt which we owe to youth; and with your permission I shall consider you as representing here not only the academic youth of Sweden nor even of Europe but also of America.
- Felix Bloch
(Keywords: America, Debt, Electricity, Europe, Facts, Want, Words, Youth)

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr
(Keywords: Poetry, Atoms, Facts, Language)

I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Computer, Facts, Mind, Theory, Will)

I want this book to be facts, to be important, to be history.
- Anatoli Boukreev
(Keywords: History, Facts, Want)

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Keywords: Biography, Fact, Facts, Fiction, Writing)

Since 1980, we've used reconciliation 22 times, and out of those times, Republicans used it 16 times. So, earth to my Republican friends, you can have your option but you cannot change these facts. They're in the Congressional Record.
- Barbara Boxer
(Keywords: Change, Earth, Facts, Friends, Republican, Republicans)

In approaching our subject it will be best, without attempting to shorten the path by referring to famous theories of the drama, to start directly from the facts, and to collect from them gradually an idea of Shakespearean Tragedy.
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Keywords: Idea, Drama, Facts, Famous, Theories, Tragedy, Will)

Mr. Speaker, the Delaware River deepening project is important for my constituents, for our region and for the entire nation. I trust that, when they examine the facts about it, every one of my colleagues will join me in supporting it.
- Robert Brady
(Keywords: Trust, Facts, Nation, Project, Will)

Our main agenda is to have ALL guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed.
- Sarah Brady
(Keywords: Lie, America, Facts, Succeed)

To the present writer a careful study of the facts now available seems to leave no doubt that civilization was born at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Civilization, Doubt, Facts, Now, Present, Study, Writer)

I've always believed that the facts about dancing are more interesting than the myths, and this was a great chance for me to explore how the human body does such incredible things.
- Deborah Bull
(Keywords: Body, Chance, Dancing, Facts, Myths)

Science is knowledge arranged and classified according to truth, facts, and the general laws of nature.
- Luther Burbank
(Keywords: Nature, Science, Truth, Knowledge, Facts, Laws)

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Food, Body, Facts, Mind)

I don't use composers. I research music the way I research the photographs or the facts in my scripts.
- Ken Burns
(Keywords: Music, Composers, Facts, Research)

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
- Joseph Campbell
(Keywords: Religion, Facts, Metaphors, Trouble)

I grow daily to honour 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.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: God, Devil, Fact, Facts, Theory)

What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.
- Bliss Carman
(Keywords: Fact, Facts, Investigation)

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.
- Bliss Carman
(Keywords: Fact, Facts, Investigation, Tyranny, World)

Advocates of unrestricted abortion do not want the public to focus on these undeniable facts of fetal development, but the facts cannot be ignored.
- Robert Casey
(Keywords: Development, Abortion, Facts, Focus, Public, Want)

The facts will speak for themselves. Credit them or not, but read!
- Ralph Chaplin
(Keywords: Credit, Facts, Will)

I am sorry to upset my colleagues by saying we wasted four years in opposition, but if you do get so badly defeated as a party you do have to face up to some painful facts and you do have to change.
- Kenneth Clarke
(Keywords: Change, Facts, Opposition, Party, Saying, Years)

Looking back 25 years later, what I may say is that the facts have been far better than the dreams. In the long course of cell life on this earth it remained, for our age for our generation, to receive the full ownership of our inheritance.
- Albert Claude
(Keywords: Age, Life, Dreams, Earth, Facts, Inheritance, May, Ownership, Years)

I am appreciative of the Bush administration's commitment to fair trade by looking at the facts in this case and ruling affirmatively for the implementation of quotas in this specific category.
- Howard Coble
(Keywords: Commitment, Facts, Trade)

In order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant. One motto on the show is, 'Keep your facts, I'm going with the truth.'
- Stephen Colbert
(Keywords: Truth, Facts, Order)

Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything.
- Stephen Colbert
(Keywords: Perception, Argument, Country, Facts, Opinion, Word)

He has a number of curious facts in illustration of the power of mere goodness to protect against outrage.
- George Combe
(Keywords: Power, Facts, Goodness)

The AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts - even widely known ones - that were outside their limited field of vision.
- Barry Commoner
(Keywords: War, Vision, Facts, Scientists, states, United)

The intelligence investigation under the leadership of Senator Church, which I know has helped cause this investigation by you, points out that the agencies did not disclose certain facts to us and that certain plots were going on.
- John Sherman Cooper
(Keywords: Intelligence, Leadership, Church, Cause, Facts, Investigation)

My head was always bubbling over with facts and it seems to me this had little to do with my paying close attention in school and more to do with my voracious and omnivorous reading habits.
- Eric Allin Cornell
(Keywords: Attention, Facts, Habits, Reading, School)

Optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects. Pessimism is a waste of time.
- Norman Cousins
(Keywords: Time, Optimism, Pessimism, Deals, Facts, Waste)

We ask the great masses of India to be patient a short time longer, while the cause of freedom is being fought out, not because we want to delay, but because the hard facts of war make a complete change impossible at the moment.
- Stafford Cripps
(Keywords: Change, Time, War, Being, Cause, Delay, Facts, Freedom, Want)

It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
- Quentin Crisp
(Keywords: Boredom, Effect, Facts, Freedom, Repetition, Result, Tolerance)

Modern morality and manners suppress all natural instincts, keep people ignorant of the facts of nature and make them fighting drunk on bogey tales.
- Aleister Crowley
(Keywords: Nature, Morality, People, Facts, Fighting, Manners)

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.
- Charles Darwin
(Keywords: Science, Progress, Facts, Harm, Pleasure)

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge... observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
- Denis Diderot
(Keywords: Nature, Knowledge, Facts, Observation, Reflection, Result)



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