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Quotes of the Day for 1 August 2000 – Statistics

The first census of the United States was started on this day in 1790, which eventually revealed a population of four million persons and very little else. Statistics have become more important in the intervening years - here are some pithy comments on that development.

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The quotes:

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

I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.
     - Winston Churchill

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

Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive.
     - Wallace Irwin


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