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- If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), (attributed)
- Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963), "Proper Studies", 1927
- Where facts are few, experts are many.
- Donald R. Gannon
- Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.
- Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732
- Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.
- Felix Cohen
- Delete the adjectives and [you'll] have the facts.
- Harper Lee (1926 - )
- Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
- Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)
- Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams (1735 - 1826), 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770
- We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts.
- John Dewey (1859 - 1952)
- Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.
- John Gunther (1901 - 1970)
- Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.
- John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 - 1890)
- Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)
- Facts are stupid things.
- Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)
- The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.
- Samuel McChord Crothers, The Gentle Reader
- Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth.
- William C. Redfield, Address at Case School, Cleveland, Ohio, May 27, 1915