More words of wisdom from our favourite philosopher Flann O’Brien (Myles na Gopaleen):
What, as to the quality of solidity, imperviousness, and firmness, are facts?
And as to temperature?
To what do hard facts belong?
And to what does a cold fact belong?
What must we do to the hard facts of the situation?
Face up to the hard facts of the situation.
What does a cold fact frequently still do?
And what is notoriously useless as a means of altering the hard facts of the situation?
All the talk in the world.
Is this killing you?
It certainly is.
From Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘Catechism of cliché’ series in The Best of Myles Picador 1975 208