Facts on Feelings

Facts are not feelings. Facts are not opinions. Facts are not hearsay. Facts are not fake. Therefore, the mantra of many today is ‘Don’t confuse me with the facts.’


Facts are stubborn. Facts are sometimes inconvenient. Facts are sometimes uncomfortable. Nevertheless, facts are always factual and the facts are the facts.


* Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. – Mark Twain


* Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts. – Daniel Patrick Moynihan


* People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe. – Andy Rooney


* Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. – John Adams


* I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. – Abraham Lincoln


* Facts are stubborn things. – Ronald Reagan


* Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not… We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them. – John Henry Newman


Yes, facts are stubborn. They can be both inconvenient and uncomfortable. However, they can challenge us to be the best version of ourselves… and that fact is something we can all feel good about.



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Chaplain, (Maj.) John O’Brien

115th Fighter Wing Chaplain Corps

Truax Field, Madison, WI

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