A concept is stronger than a fact.
A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.
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.
A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words.
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.
Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
Comment is free but facts are sacred.
Conclusive facts are inseparable from inconclusive except by a head that already understands and knows.
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.
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
Facts are counterrevolutionary.
Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
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.
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.
Facts are the most important thing in business. Study facts and do more than is expected of you.
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.
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.
Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored.