Daily Dose of Ingersoll

In every department of human endeavor men are seeking for the
truth — for the facts. The statesman reads the history of the
world, gathers the statistics of all nations to the end that his
country may avoid the mistakes of the past. The geologist
penetrates the rocks in search of facts — climbs mountains, visits
the extinct craters, traverses islands and continents that he may
know something of the history of the world. He wants the truth.

The chemist, with crucible and retort, with countless
experiments, is trying to find the qualities of substances — to
ravel what nature has woven.

The great mechanics dwell in the realm of the real. They seek
by natural means to conquer and use the forces of nature. They want
the truth — the actual facts.

The physicians, the surgeons, rely on observation, experiment
and reason. They become acquainted with the human body — with
muscle, blood and nerve — with the wonders of the brain. They want
nothing but the truth.

And so it is with the students of every science. On every hand
they look for facts, and it is of the utmost importance that they
give to the world the facts they find.

Their courage should equal their intelligence. No matter what
the dead have said, or the living believe, they should tell what
they know. They should have intellectual courage.

If it be good for man to find the truth — good for him to be
intellectually honest and hospitable, then it is good for others to
know the truths thus found.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “Truth” (1897)