Quotation by Luigi Pirandello

A fact is like a sack—it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.
Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).

The notion of an empty bag, or sack is proverbial: Benjamin Franklin noted in Poor Richard's Almanac: "An empty bag cannot stand upright." (Jan. 1740).
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