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Opinion and facts
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Wednesday, August 3, 2022
(1) Everybody has a right to their opinion, but nobody has a right to be wrong in their facts.
(2) You are entitled to your own views, but you are not entitled to your own facts.
(3) People are entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts.
I saw several variations of interesting quotations that compared and contrasted opinions with facts. Here are a few that stood out…
Every man has the right to an opinion but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. Nor, above all, to persist in errors as to facts.
— Bernard Baruch in 1946
“Everybody is entitled to his own views. Everybody is not entitled to his own facts.”
— Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger, 1976
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
— U.S Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1983