“Men hate the truth more than falsehood.”—Fire-eater R. B. Rhett Sr. to his namesake son, July 31, 1861, from the private papers of Wiley Sword.
“A lot of folks like their Civil War history cut and dried, with a predictable cast of characters – they like to cheer the hero and hiss the villain. The curtain falls, and they say, ‘Very good, just as I remember the play.’”—Brian Pohanka, as transcribed by Maurice D’Aoust, http://civilwarriors.net/wordpress/?p=143.
“It is always unpleasant to acknowledge facts that are inconsistent with your own point of view. But I thought that was what distinguished science from popular prejudice.”—Don Weatherburn, “Statistics and gun laws,” The Sydney Morning Herald, November 1, 2005.
“A popular author is one who writes what the people think. Genius invites them to think something else.”—Ambrose Bierce, The collected works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8, pg. 356.