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Quotes of the Day for 1 August 2001 – Statistics

A recent quote mentioning Statistics caused our resident statistician to request I make that the theme for an issue. I figured there was a one in a hundred chance of having enough quotes on the subject to comply, apparently the probability of error in that analysis was large. That's okay, I have a friend who maintains that 78.4% of all statistics are simply made up.

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The quotes:

It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
     - George Bernard Shaw

There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to the Internet, we now know this isn't true.
     - Ian Hart, British actor

The buffalo isn't as dangerous as everyone makes him out to be. Statistics prove that in the United States more Americans are killed in automobile accidents than are killed by buffalo.
     - Art Buchwald

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.
     - Mark Twain

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
     - Rex Todhunter Stout


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