Ideals are a curse because they prevent you from thinking directly, simply and truly, when you are faced with facts. The ideal, the what should be, is an escape from what is. The what is is the fact that you are afraid—afraid of what your parents will say, of what people will think, afraid of society, afraid of disease, death; and if you face what is, look at it, go into it even though it brings you misery, and understand it, then you will find that your mind becomes extraordinarily simple, clear; and in that very clarity there is the cessation of fear.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti in Think on These Things
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with.
The truth is more important than the facts.
The telephone book is full of facts, but it doesn't contain a single idea.