No wonder the really powerful men in our society, whether politicians
or scientists, hold writers in contempt.Theydoit
becausetheyget no evidence from modern literature
that anybody is thinking about any significant
question. Saul Bellow Interview in The Paris Review, no.37, winter issue.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen. Bible (NewTestament) Hebrews11:1.
False facts are highly injuriousto the progress of science, for they often long
endure; but false views, if supported by some evidence,
do little harm, as every one takes a salutary pleasure in
proving their falseness. Charles Robert Darwin The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex,
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has all the evidence. It biases
the judgement. SirArthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet, ch.3.
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence. David Hume An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding,
Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition.
Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test;
his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let
Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his
fate. Arthur Koestler 'The Boredom of Fantasy', collected in The Trail of
the Dinosaur (1955),
A judge is not supposed to know anything about the facts of life until
they have been presented in evidence and explained to
him at least three times. Hubert Lister Parker Quoted in the Observer,12 Mar.
Mistaken in its assumptions, defective in its
evidence and wrong in its
conclusions. Donald Thomas Regan
Of the congressional report faulting him on lack of direction and
public disclosure of Iran^Contra arms sales. For the Record.
In the realm of science, all attempts to find any
evidence of supernatural
beings, of metaphysical concepts, as God, immortality,
infinity, etc have thus far failed, and if we are honest, we
must confess that in science there exists no God, no
immortality, no soul or mind, as distinct from the
body. Charles Proteus Steinmetz In the American Freeman, Jul.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in
the milk. Henry David Thoreau Journal entry,11 Nov.
The theater is the primary evidence of a nation's culture. James Grover Thurber In the NewYorkTimes, 27 Jul.
We cannot bring ourselves to believe it possible that a foreigner should in
any respect be wiser than ourselves. If any such point
out to us our follies, we at once claim those follies as
the special evidence of our wisdom. Anthony Trollope Stavely. Orley Farm, ch.18.
But to ignore the absence of evidence is the basis of true faith. Gore originally Eugene Luther Vidal,Jr Vidal 'PinkTriangle andYellow Star', in the Nation,14