It's easier to believe a lie that one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.—Grit
British playwright John Tyndall said: "The brightest flashes in the world of thought are incomplete until they have been proved to have their counterparts in the world of fact."
Back in my divinity-school years the professor of elocution each year admonished the outgoing senior class: "Young gentlemen, in your sermon preparation, always remember that there is nothing so eloquent as a fact!"—William B. Lipphard, "As I See It," Missions
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."—Aldous Huxley
First get your facts; and then you can distort them at your leisure.—Mark Twain
Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.—Thomas H. Hurley, Partners