C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Facts are stubborn things.


Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion.


Every fact that is learned becomes a key to other facts.

E. L. Youmans.

  • But facts are chiels that winna ding,
  • An’ downa be disputed.
  • Burns.

    There is nothing I know of so sublime as a fact.

    George Canning.

    Some people have a peculiar faculty for denying facts.

    G. D. Prentice.

    One fact is better than one hundred analogies.

    Author Unknown.

    From principles is derived probability; but truth, or certainty, is obtained only from facts.

    Author Unknown.

    In matters of fact, they say there is some credit to be given to the testimony of men, but not in matters of judgment.


    Facts are to the mind the same thing as food to the body. On the due digestion of facts depends the strength and wisdom of the one, just as vigour and health depend on the other. The wisest in council, the ablest in debate, and the most agreeable in the commerce of life, is that man who has assimilated to his understanding the greatest number of facts.