Definitions: (1) true to the unembellished facts; literal; straightforward; (2) real

Balancing Qualities: Honest, Tactful

• I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American author
• In our reasonings concerning matters of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence. ― David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher