Statistics Quotes


  • A new statistic proves that 73% of all statistics are pure inventions.
    o J.J.A. Weber

  • A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
    o Joseph Stalin

  • He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts – for support rather than illumination.
    o Andrew Lang

  • How come you are so fond of all those probability people? Because they are never negative.
    o Andrejs Dunkels

  • I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.
    o Louis D. Brandeis

  • I could prove God statistically.
    o George Gallup

  • If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.
    o Ernest Rutherford

  • It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without it.
    o Andrejs Dunkels

  • Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance.
    o Morris Kline

  • Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
    o Aaron Levenstein

  • Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read or write.
    o H. G. Wells

  • The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the art of statistics that law in the social sphere can be ascertained and codified, and certain aspects of the character of God thereby revealed. The study of statistics is thus a religious service.
    o Florence Nightingale

  • Then there was the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.
    o W. I. E. Gates

  • There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
    o Leonard H. Courtney, attributed to Benjamin Disraeli by Mark Twain

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