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The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances. He plies the slow, unhonored, and unpaid task of observation. He is the world's eye.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts.

- Russell, Foster M.
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.

- Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.

- Samuel McChord Crothers
The facts of a person's life will, like murder, come out.

- Sherry, Norman
IMAGINATION, n. A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership.

- Ambrose Bierce
Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please

- Mark Twain
Through spontaneity we are re-formed into ourselves. It creates an explosion that for the moment frees us from handed-down frames of reference, memory choked with old facts and information and undigested theories and techniques of other people's findings. Spontaneity is the moment of personal freedom when we are faced with reality, and see it, explore it and act accordingly. In this reality the bits and pieces of ourselves function as an organic whole. It is the time of discovery, of experiencing, of creative expression.

- Spolin, Viola
Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.

- Twain, Mark
I barely trust established sources of information. I have a hard time finding [Wikipedia], an encyclopedia that anyone can alter, to be a safe way to learn about anything except how many idiots think their opinions are a suitable substitute for facts.

- Randy K. Milholland
If you were designing the sort of information-processing system a brain is, it would be extremely impractical to store memories permanently in their original form. You need mechanisms for transforming and recording them; for chunking information into categories . Is your memory a phonograph record on which the information is stored in localized grooves to be replayed on demand? Is so, it's a very bizarre record, for the songs are different every time they're played. Human memory is more like the village storyteller; it doesn't passively store facts but weaves them into a good (coherent, plausible) story, which is recreated with each telling.

- Teresi, Judith Hooper
As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.

- William James
Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions. But no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.

- Baruch, Bernard M.
Comments are free but facts are sacred.

- Charles Prestwich Scott
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.

- Vidal, Gore
Beauty is a form of genius -- is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.

- Wilde, Oscar
A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.

- Bruyere, Jean De La
An eclectic, if it mean anything, means this--one who in any branch of art or science refuses to acknowledge Bacon's great law, that "Nature is only conquered by obeying her;" who will not take a full and reverent view of the whole mass of facts with which he has to deal, and from them deducing the fundamental laws of his subject, obey them whithersoever they may lead; but who picks and chooses out of them just so many as may be pleasant to his private taste, and then constructs a partial system which differs from the essential ideas of Nature in proportion to the number of facts which he has determined to discard.

- Miscellanies. 1849.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.

- Thoreau, Henry David
Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders.

- Woolf, Virginia



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