Statistics Quotes

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli

You cannot feed the hungry on statistics. David Lloyd George

Statistics are no substitute for judgement. Henry Clay

Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death. Hilaire Belloc

The War Office kept three sets of figures – one to mislead the public, another to mislead the Cabinet and the third to mislead itself. Herbert Asquith

To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Florence Nightingale

An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than for illumination. Andrew Lang

Statistics is the art of lying by means of figures. Wilhelm Stekel

Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfilment. Jean Baudrillard

The weaker the data available upon which to base one’s conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity. Norman Augustine