The totality of facts determines both what is the case, and also all that is not the case.[Die Gesamtheit der Tatsachen bestimmt, was der Fall ist und auch, was alles nicht der Fall ist.]
The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; they did not engender those beliefs, and they are powerless to destroy them.[Les faits ne pénètrent pas dans le monde où vivent nos croyances, ils n’ont pas fait naître celles-ci, ils ne les détruisent pas.]
The fact that society has become strong and sure of itself diminishes the external importance of the injury and so leads to a mitigation of its punishment.
The fact is that the public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
The difficulty is to detach the framework of fact — of absolute undeniable fact — from the embellishments of theorists and reporters.
So long as we do not depend on the facts entirely, incomplete knowledge is better than complete ignorance.
Poets are almost always wrong about facts. That’s because they are not really interested in facts: only in truth.
Man is not a circle with a single centre; he is an ellipse with two focus. Facts are one, ideas are the other.[L’homme n’est pas un cercle à un seul centre; c’est une ellipse à deux foyers. Les faits sont l’un, les idées sont l’autre.]
False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often long endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, as every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.