Stats Quotations

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This lists all the quotations which may appear on the Stats Browsers page. These quotations are intended to make you cautious about using browser stats.

❝Statistics means never having to say you❜re certain❞Anonymous

❝Statistics is the art of never having to say you❜re wrong❞Anonymous

❝There are three kinds of liars men❟ women❟ and statistics❞Anonymous

❝Without data❟ all you are is just another person with an opinion❞Anonymous

❝Like dreams❟ statistics are a form of wish fulfillment❞J Baudrillard

❝No lie is so false or inconclusive as that which is based on statistics❞Hilarie Belloc

❝Before the curse of statistics fell upon mankind we lived a happy❟ innocent life❟ full of merriment and go❟ and informed by fairly good judgment❞Hilarie Belloc

❝No statistic is perfect❟ but some are less imperfect than others❞Joel Best

❝The manipulation of statistical formulas is no substitute for knowing what one is doing❞Hubert M Blalock Jr

❝If enough data is collected❟ anything may be proved by statistical methods❞Arthur Bloch

❝Men willingly believe what they wish❞Julius Caesar

❝I can prove anything by statistics except the truth❞George Canning

❝A judicious man uses statistics❟ not to get knowledge❟ but to save himself from having ignorance foisted upon him❞Thomas Carlyle

❝If you want to inspire confidence❟ give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate❟ or even intelligible❟ as long as there is enough of them❞Lewis Carroll

❝Statistics are no substitute for judgment❞Henry Clay

❝Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare❞René Déscartes

❝99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story❞Ron DeLegge Ⅱ

❝There are three kinds of lies: lies❟ damned lies❟ and statistics❞Benjamin Disraeli (quoted by Mark Twain)

❝Statistics: the only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions❞Evan Esar

❝Not everything that can be counted counts❟ and not everything that counts can be counted❞Albert Einstein

❝Torture numbers❟ and they❜ll confess to anything❞Gregg Easterbrook

❝Definition of statistics: the science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures❞Evan Esar

❝We make decisions in the dark of data❞Stu Hunter

❝Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance❞Morris Klein

❝In ancient times they had no statistics❟ so they had to fall back on lies❞Stephen B Leacock

❝Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive❟ but what they conceal is vital❞Aaron Levenstein

❝Consumers are statistics; customers are people❞Stanley Marcus

❝Statistics will prove anything❟ even the truth❞Noël Moynihan

❝A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers❞Plato

❝Man is a credulous animal❟ and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief❟ he will be satisfied with bad ones❞Bertrand Russell

❝The web of our life is of a mingled yarn❟ good and ill together❞William Shakespeare

❝Oh❟ people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that❞Homer Simpson;

❝49% of all statistics are wrong❞Statistics Canada

❝Statistics are like lampposts: they are good to lean on❟ but they don❜t shed much light❞Robert Storm-Petersen

❝Statistics is the art of lying by means of figures❞Wilhelm Stekel

❝There are two kinds of statistics❟ the kind you look up❟ and the kind you make up❞Rex Stout

❝Ninety percent of everything is crap❞Theodore Sturgeon

❝There is no safety in numbers❟ or in anything else❞James Thurber

❝Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say❞William W Watt

❝Satan delights equally in statistics and in quoting scripture❞H G Wells

❝The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple❞Oscar Wilde

❝Get your facts first❟ and then you can distort them as much as you please: facts are stubborn❟ but statistics are more pliable❞Mark Twain

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