Quotes with fact
For poetry the idea is everything; the rest is a world of illusion, of divine illusion. Poetry attaches its emotion to the idea; the idea is the fact. The strongest part of our religion today is its unconscious poetry.
Introduction to Ward's English Poets (1880).
I think knowing what you cannot do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.
Some comedians love their characters. I don't fall in love with mine. In fact, I get tired of them very fast. You have to be willing to throw it all away.
I'm embracing the fact that with each new year comes a new line on my face, and that just makes me more of who I'm evolving into.
Start with the fact that our country's progress since 1776 has been mind-blowing, like nothing the world has ever seen. Our secret sauce has been a political and economic system that unleashes human potential to an extraordinary degree. As a result Americans today enjoy an abundance of goods and services that no one could have dreamed of just a few centuries ago.
"Warren Buffett is bullish ... on women" in Fortune, published on May 2, 2013
It may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long, but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish -- it only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.
Tribute to his mother on his show that aired on June 19, 2013.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
And so something that I thought I was seeing with my eyes is in fact grasped solely by the faculty of judgment which is in my mind.
I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom. Seventy-five of us worked twenty hours every day and slept only four hours — and thrived on it.
I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or would directly sit in judgment on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. [He was speaking of Quantum Mechanics and the breaking down of determinism.] My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God.
'The Human Side', 1954
For no matter how much intellectual luggage we carry around in our heads, it becomes valuable only if we know how to use the information-only if we are able to relate one fact of a problem to the others do we truly understand them.
Address at the Gettysburg College Convocation: The Importance of Understanding (April 4, 1959).
I get weary of the European habit of taking our money, resenting any slight hint as to what they should do, and then assuming, in addition, full right to criticize us as bitterly as they may desire. In fact, it sometimes appears that their indulgence in this kind of criticism varies in direct ration to the amount of help we give them.
I did not think General McChrystal would be fired. In fact, I thought his position was basically untouchable, I thought it would give them a headache for maybe 72 hours.
Interview with Matt Lauer of NBC's Today show, June 23, 2011
In fact when I first got my Apple II the first thing I did was turn it on and off, on and off, just because I had the power to do so, which I'd never had on a computer before.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another.
Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. How terrible is the one fact of beauty!
A Mortal Antipathy (1885)
History fades into fable; fact becomes clouded with doubt and controversy; the inscription molders from the tablet: the statue falls from the pedestal. Columns, arches, pyramids, what are they but heaps of sand; and their epitaphs, but characters written in the dust?
The Sketch Book
In his encyclical Humani Generis (1950), my predecessor Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation, provided that we do not lose sight of certain fixed points....Today, more than a half-century after the appearance of that encyclical, some new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than an hypothesis. In fact it is remarkable that this theory has had progressively greater influence on the spirit of researchers, following a series of discoveries in different scholarly disciplines. The convergence in the results of these independent studies -- which was neither planned nor sought -- constitutes in itself a significant argument in favour of the theory.
Message to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Evolution
The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.
But in fact, when you try to model that on a computer you find that because of the very structure of matter and of the chemical bonds that are the basis of every organism, evolution is not random at all. It will tend to follow certain paths.
The Structure Of Organized Change: A conversation with Kevin Kelly by Joe Flower, The Healthcare Forum Journal (1995)
Any inaccuracies in this index may be explained by the fact that it has been sorted with the help of a computer.
The Art of Computer Programming (1968-2011)
It's been a week from hell, but on the other hand, when I was able to look out the window at the sunshine and life, I said that I've been really lucky. This is a condition, despite the fact there's a high, high curability rate, that you have to work at it. It's like anything else that you do that matters, it takes work to be good at it.
In an interview in 2010, talking about undergoing cancer treatment.
All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.
Metropolitan Life (1974)
I have learned by some experience, by many examples, and by the writings of countless others before me, also occupied in the search, that certain environments, certain modes of life, certain rules of conduct are more conducive to inner and outer harmony than others. There are, in fact, certain roads that one may follow. Simplification of life is one of them.
Gift from the Sea (1955)
The most striking of all the impressions I have formed since I left London a month ago is of the strength of this African national consciousness. In different places it may take different forms but it is happening everywhere. The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact.
"Mr Macmillan's appeal to South Africans", The Times, February 4, 1960
The fact is that there is such a diversity of attractions and distractions, of temptation and amusement in the city, that unless a youth is made of unusual stuff he will yield to the persuasion of the moment and follow the line of least resistance. It is hard for the city-bred youth to resist the multiplicity of allurements and pleasures that bid for his attention, to deny himself and turn a deaf ear to the appeals of his associates and tie himself down to self-improvement while those around him are having a good time.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.
I think one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence. And I don't pretend to know exactly Iraqi public opinion. But as soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be.
Kennedy was trying to keep us out of war. I was trying to help him keep us out of war. And General Curtis LeMay, whom I served under as a matter of fact in World War II, was saying "Let's go in, let's totally destroy Cuba."
The Fog of War
Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.
In Defense of Women (1918)
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Thought control, like birth control, is best undertaken as long as possible before the fact.
Winning a game is ephemeral. To just try to win is blasphemous. You have to do it right. I don't want anything to do with the bastardization of the purity of the game. The pleasure I get is playing. Until the final buzzer, I haven't lost. I'm a winner for 47 minutes and 50 seconds. So what does the winner get that I don't? Ten more seconds of pleasure, that's all. The mere fact I tried is a win. But the main point is, it's just such a pleasure to be a professional athlete. The problem with many athletes is they take themselves seriously and their sport lightly.
Interview in Sports Illustrated, March 30, 1981.
But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
Any idiot can get on a treadmill and watch TV and then take great pride in the fact they've 'exercized.
There was, in fact, a standard studio recipe. Take one young actress, pluck her eyebrows, cap her teeth, shape her hairline, pad as required and throw her into the ring with Andy Hardy. Then wait and see. If the public responded, the starlet became a star.
Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do so.
The ABC of Relativity (1925)
We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
Sceptical Essays (1928)
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
On the Nature of Acquaintance: Neutral Monism (1914).
Every prosperous movement provokes opposition by the very fact of its prosperity. The herbs of the field have their own language for cursing the longer-lived plants that smother them out; one can hardly live without arousing jealousy; in vain the new fraternity showed itself humble, it could not escape this law.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
Death is the ugly fact which Nature has to hide, and she hides it well.
"The Fear of Dying", City Poems (1857)
It's great to be black in Hollywood. When a black actor does something, it seems new and different just by virtue of the fact that he's black.
Many times I had spoken about "mental bipolarity" and proved that our affects are bipolar. Desire and disgust, love and hate, will-to-power and will-to-submission, are composed of negative and positive parts like the current of electricity. My contention was that any human affect has its own counterpart. Later Bleuler described this fact as "ambivalence," a term that was accepted by everybody, whereas previously they had laughed at my discovery, and given me the nickname "Stekel with his Bipolarity".
The Autobiography of Wilhelm Stekel (1950)
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Speech in Denver, Colorado (September 5, 1952).
I was aloof on opening night because I was in a state of shock. You could feel the hostility of that opening night audience, all the gamblers who were there because they're important to the hotel, all the actors who resent the fact that you're doing things they think they should be doing.
About facing a cabaret audience.
It is the fact about the past that is poetic; just because it really happened, it gathers round it all the inscrutable mystery of life and death and time. Let the science and research of the historian find the fact, and let his imagination and art make clear its significance.
History of England
The poetry of history lies in the quasi-miraculous fact that once, on this earth, on this familiar spot of ground, walked other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone, generation vanishing after another, gone as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone.
Of all the creatures, man is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to the other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.
The English are always degrading truths into facts. When a truth becomes a fact it loses all its intellectual value.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
Though we see the same world, we see it through different eyes. Any help we can give you must be different from that you can give yourselves, and perhaps the value of that help may lie in the fact of that difference.
Three Guineas (1938)
There is not a thin line between love and hate. There is --- in fact --- a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every 20 feet between love and hate.
House. By Dr. Gregory House.
Ah, my birthday. Normally I'd put on a festive hat and celebrate the fact that the Earth has circled the Sun one more time; I really didn't think it was going to make it this year, but darn it if it wasn't the little planet that could all over again.
House, The Socratic Method. By Dr. Gregory House.
No, there is not a thin line between love and hate. There is, in fact, a Great Wall of China with armed sentries posted every twenty feet between love and hate.
House, Occam's Razor. By Dr. Gregory House.