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Quotations about Statistics


Statistics, the discipline that deals with the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organization of data, is a crucial tool in many fields. It informs decisions in areas diverse as business, health, politics, and sports, allowing us to understand patterns, make predictions, and gain insights about complex phenomena from our environment to human behaviour.

This collection of funny quotations sheds light on the world of statistics. They touch on its power and limitations, its role in decision-making, the importance of proper interpretation, and its intersection with probability and uncertainty. Drawn from statisticians, scientists, and thought leaders, these quotes illustrate the pivotal role statistics play in our data-driven world. Whether you're a statistician, a student of the discipline, or someone intrigued by the language of data, these quotes will provide insights, pique your curiosity, and underscore the importance of statistical thinking in understanding our complex world.

quotations about statistics

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." Benjamin Disraeli (British Tory statesman and novelist, 1804-81)

"Statistics are like *bikinis.*stories.*hats.* What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." Aaron Levenstein (American academic, 1911-86)

"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment." Ernest Rutherford (New Zealand physicist, 1871-1937)

*Torture*Add up*Play with* numbers, and they'll confess to anything. Gregg Easterbrook (American writer, 1953-)

"Statistics: the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions." Evan Esar (American humorist, 1899-1995)

"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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"Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death." Hilaire Belloc (British writer and Liberal politician, 1870-1953)

The only thing worse than a statistician is a politician who uses *statistics.*people.*drugs.* Tom Stoppard (British dramatist, 1937-)

"Statistics are no substitute for judgment." Henry Clay (American politician, 1777-1852)

"Statistics are like a puzzle, and it's up to us to put the pieces together." Stephen Covey (American businessman, 1932-2012)

"The War Office kept three sets of figures: one to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet, and the third to mislead itself." Herbert Asquith (British Liberal statesman, 1852-1928)

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts – for *support*fun*nothing* rather than illumination." Andrew Lang (Scottish man of letters, 1844-1912)

"Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital." Aaron Levenstein (American academic, 1911-86)

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