Quotes of the Day for 1 August 2004 – Statistics
The first census of the United States was started on this day in 1790, eventually revealing a population of four million persons and very little else. Statistics have become more important in the intervening years, the census questionnaires certainly demand more detail. Here are some pithy comments on statistics and their value.
It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics.
- George Bernard Shaw, 1856 - 1950
Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
- Henry Clay, 1777 - 1852
Medical statistics are a little bit like a bikini: what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
- Irving R. Levine
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.
- Laurence J. Peter, 1919 - 1990
I've come loaded with statistics, for I've noticed that a man can't prove anything without statistics.
- Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910
Statistics will prove anything, even the truth.
- Noel Moynihan
There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
- Rex Todhunter Stout, 1886 - 1975
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