Saturday, 2 April 2011

Quotes about Facts

Here's the next section of quotes from my book 1000 Great Quotations for Business, Management & Training

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get ‘em, get ‘em right, or they will get you wrong.
Thomas Fuller, English preacher, scholar, author (1608-1661)

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known as Mark Twain, US author (1835-1910)

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.
John Quincy Adams, US President (1767-1848)

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley, British author (1894-1963)

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than illumination.
Andrew Lang, British author (1844-1912)

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
Jessamyn West, US novelist (1903-1984)

People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.
Robert Keith Leavitt, US advertising executive, author (1895 -1967)

No great marketing decisions have ever been made on quantitative data.
John Sculley, US businessman, computers & drinks (b. 1939)

Information is pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
Clarence Day, US author (1874-1935)

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, however suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.
Gore Vidal, US author, essayist (b. 1925)

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