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See Also: TRUTH

  1. A fact is like a sack which won’t stand up when it is empty —Luigi Pirandello

    In his play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Pirandello expands upon the simile as follows: “In order that it may stand up, one has to put into it the reason and sentiment which have caused it to exist.”

  2. Facts apart from their relationships are like labels on empty bottles —Sven Halla
  3. Facts fled before her like frightened forest things —Oscar Wilde
  4. Statistics are like alienists, they will testify for either side —Fiorello H. La Guardia, Liberty Magazine, May, 1933
  5. Use facts … the way a carpenter uses nails —R. Wright Campbell
  6. Use statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts, for support rather than illumination —Andrew Lang
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The emphasis was helped by the speaker's hair, which bristled on the skirts of his bald head, a plantation of firs to keep the wind from its shining surface, all covered with knobs, like the crust of a plum pie, as if the head had scarcely warehouse-room for the hard facts stored inside.
But the thought is always prior to the fact; all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws.
Though the common-law courts of this State ascertain disputed facts by a jury, yet they unquestionably have jurisdiction of both fact and law; and accordingly when the former is agreed in the pleadings, they have no recourse to a jury, but proceed at once to judgment.
The scientist reasons inductively from the facts of experience.
Beagle,' as naturalist, I was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the inhabitants of South America, and in the geological relations of the present to the past inhabitants of that continent.
If we confine ourselves to facts which have been actually observed, we must say that past occurrences, in addition to the present stimulus and the present ascertainable condition of the organism, enter into the causation of the response.
What is to be done with the millions of facts that bear witness that men, consciously, that is fully understanding their real interests, have left them in the background and have rushed headlong on another path, to meet peril and danger, compelled to this course by nobody and by nothing, but, as it were, simply disliking the beaten track, and have obstinately, wilfully, struck out another difficult, absurd way, seeking it almost in the darkness.
I have great faith in the power and influence of facts.
He even succeeded in ranging his wife on his side on this question, though he found the feat very difficult to accomplish, because unnatural; but the general's arguments were conclusive, and founded upon obvious facts.
Anna Pavlovna's presentiment was in fact fulfilled.
As a matter of fact, and in the process of time, I did read somewhat of all these, but rather in the minor than the major way; and I soon went off from them to the study of the modern poets, novelists, and playwrights who interested me so much more.
He seemed to smell the scent of orange-blossoms, to hear the joyous pealing of church bells--in fact, with the difference that it was not his own wedding that he was anticipating, he had begun to take very much the same view of the future that was about to come to Dudley Pickering.