Quotes About Facts

Figures won’t lie, but liars will figure.
Charles H. Grosvenor (attrib.)

The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts — the less you know, the hotter you get.
Bertrand Russell

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli (attrib.)

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.
Georges Braque

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts — for support rather than for illumination.
Andrew Long

A wise man recognizes the convenience of a general statement, but he bows to the authority of a particular fact.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Mark Twain

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called “facts.”  They are brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
Edmund Burke

I pass with relief from the tossing sea of cause and theory to the firm ground of result and fact.
Winston Churchill

Knowing how hard it is to collect a fact, you understand why most people want to have some fun analyzing it.
Jesse L. Greenstein

The trouble with facts is that there are so many of them.
Samuel McChord Crothers

Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
C. P. Scott

Every man has a right to be wrong in his opinions.  But no man has a right to be wrong about his facts.
Bernard Baruch



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