Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Opinions & Facts

My friend Burnetta posted the following quotation on facebook a few days ago:

"You're entitled to your own opinion. But you can't have your own facts."

I told her that I might just have to add it to my "Built-In Shit Detector" Mottoes" (see right-hand column -> -> ->)
but first, I was curious to learn more. Bounce around on google for a little while and here's what you'll find:

"Every man has a right to his own opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts”
--Credited to American financier Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), who probably said it in the 1940

“Each of us is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
--Credited to James R. Schlesinger, United States Secretary of Defense from 1973 to 1975

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
--Credited to Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003), United States Senator from New York from 1976 to 2000

Gender inclusive revision of Moynian:
"‘Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts,' said Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York."
--Credited to Kenneth R. Weiss, 25 April 1989, New York (NY) Times, “States Circle Their Wagons for the Money Wars,” pg. A24.

P.S. Thanks Burnetta! I also have to thank Burnetta for bringing the vernal poem "Invitation Standing" into my life, back in grad school, thirty beauteous Aprils ago!

1 comment:

  1. “The Remain campaign featured fact, fact, fact, fact, fact. It just doesn’t work. You have got to connect with people emotionally. It’s the Trump success”. ~ Arron Banks, Brexit businessman & political donor

    RE the Disney Pixar movie _Inside Out_ (sorry I can't find a film clip on youtube) when Joy and her imaginary friend Bing Bong are on the “Train of Thought" and accidentally knock over the cargo boxes carrying “Facts” and “Opinions," and the contents spill all over the floor.

    JOY: “Oh no! The facts and opinions look so much alike. I can’t tell where they go.”

    BING BONG: “Don’t worry about that. It happens all the time.” And he then tosses the facts & opinions, all mixed up, back into the boxes. No harm done.