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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.

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The quotes:

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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