Facts are to the mind, what food is to the body.—On the due digestion of the former depend the strength and wisdom of the one, just as vigor and health depend on the other.—The wisest in council, the ablest in debate, and the most agreeable companion in the commerce of human life, is that man who has assimilated to his understanding the greatest number of facts.
There should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric; pure invention is but the talent of a deceiver.
Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies, than by a thousand arguments.
Every day of my life makes me feel more and more how seldom a fact is accurately stated; how almost invariably when a story has passed through the mind of a third person it becomes, so far as regards the impression it makes in further repetitions, little better than a falsehood; and this, too, though the narrator be the most truth-seeking person in existence.