When facts are reported, they deny the value of evidence; when the evidence is produced, they declare it inconclusive.
~ Augustine, in The City of God
Facts are not truths; they are not conclusions; they are not even premises. The truth depends on, and is only arrived at, by a legitimate deduction from all the facts which are truly material.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts.
~ Philip Roth
Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used.
~ Carl Sagan
Data isn’t information any more than fifty thousand tons of cement is a skyscraper.
~ Clifford Stoll
We’re falling out of the world of history into the world of demographics where we count everything and value nothing.
~ George W. S. Trow
A man becomes his attentions. His observations and curiosity, they make and remake him.
~ William Least Heat Moon