Quotes and Sayings about Statistics



"We had kind of a rocky start, but I spent a lot of time working with the President and handing him statistics and showing him what we were doing as we went along and kind of saying to him, you know, this is really important."
- Bruce Babbitt
(Related: Time, President, Saying, Statistics)

"Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."
- Ernie Banks
(Related: People, Awards, Baseball, Statistics)

"Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Dreams, Fulfillment, Statistics)

"Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death."
- Hilaire Belloc
(Related: Death, Victory, Statistics)

"Democracy is an abuse of statistics."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Abuse, Democracy, Statistics)

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Americans, Friends, Illness, Sanity, Statistics, Suffering)

"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
(Related: Accidents, Americans, states, Statistics, United)

"For me, unemployment and poverty in the Greater Montreal area is not mainly a problem of structure, or design, or statistics. It is a profoundly human situation."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Design, Poverty, Statistics, Unemployment)

"I can prove anything by statistics except the truth."
- George Canning
(Related: Truth, Statistics)

"The media transforms the great silence of things into its opposite. Formerly constituting a secret, the real now talks constantly. News reports, information, statistics, and surveys are everywhere."
- Michel De Certeau
(Related: Information, Media, News, Now, Silence, Statistics)

"Statistics are no substitute for judgment."
- Henry Clay
(Related: Judgment, Statistics)

"I never keep a scorecard or the batting averages. I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head."
- Dizzy Dean
(Related: Hate, Statistics)

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Lies, Statistics)

"Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures."
- Evan Esar
(Related: Science, Facts)

"And with the rape, I was showing why the rape statistics are exaggerated, and saying that date rape was much more complex than the way feminists had portrayed it, as men oppressing women."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Men, Women, Saying, Statistics)

"However, don't let these statistics mislead you, gang violence is not limited to California and or big urban areas - that might have been true a while ago but it is no longer the case today."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Statistics, Today, Violence)

"I believe sanity and realism can be restored to the teaching of Mathematical Statistics most easily and directly by entrusting such teaching largely to men and women who have had personal experience of research in the Natural Sciences."
- Ronald Fisher
(Related: Experience, Men, Women, Realism, Research, Sanity, Statistics, Teaching)

"You cannot feed the hungry on statistics."
- David Lloyd George
(Related: Statistics)

"We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place."
- Gunther Grass
(Related: Growth, Future, Pollution, Statistics)

"We were not given any statistics as to how many records were pressed on the blue label. I used to ask Bob Shad how we were going to get paid from record sales and what I got for an answer was not to worry about the business end of the deal."
- Phil Harris
(Related: Business, End, Sales, Statistics, Worry)

"You cannot feed the hungry on statistics."
- Heinrich Heine
(Related: Statistics)

"We are just statistics, born to consume resources."
- Horace
(Related: Statistics)

"The opposition has moved from a blaming the victim to blaming the victim's advocate's statistics. Irrespective of what the numbers are, it's far too many."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Numbers, Opposition, Statistics)

"Do we need to have 280 brands of breakfast cereal? No, probably not. But we have them for a reason - because some people like them. It's the same with baseball statistics."
- Bill James
(Related: People, Baseball, Reason, Statistics)

"We tell stories. We talk about statistics. And in 1978, we added an element of the show that gave it its heartbeat: the long distance dedication."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Dedication, Statistics, Talk)

"There are some scary statistics out there: one in five kids aged 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation or approach via the Internet."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Internet, Kids, Statistics)

"Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance."
- Morris Kline
(Related: Ignorance, Theory)

"It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
- Fletcher Knebel
(Related: Causes, Doubt, Leading, Now, Smoking, Statistics)

"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
- Fletcher Knebel
(Related: Causes, Leading, Smoking, Statistics)

"Moreover, statistics can be deceiving: the growth of jobs in the US in the 90s was due to many part-time jobs, with no benefits and generally low pay."
- David Korten
(Related: Growth, Benefits, Jobs, Statistics)

"An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination."
- Andrew Lang
(Related: Man, Statistics, Support)

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts - for support rather than for illumination."
- Andrew Lang
(Related: Man, Statistics, Support)

"In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies."
- Stephen Leacock
(Related: Lies, Statistics)

"There has been this - and it's reflected in the broadcasts - this moronic use of statistics. Which has suggested to everyone who is intelligent the use of statistics is moronic."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: Statistics)

"Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious."
- Daniel Libeskind
(Related: Life, Experience, Calculations, Obvious, Participation, Statistics)

"Consumers are statistics. Customers are people."
- Stanley Marcus
(Related: People, Statistics)

"I never was brought into the league thinking as far as, you know, statistics, things like that. We were really brought into the league in a team concept. Everything was focused around winning."
- Mark Messier
(Related: Winning, Statistics, Thinking)

"Smoking is one of the leading causes of all statistics."
- Liza Minnelli
(Related: Causes, Leading, Smoking, Statistics)

"The statistics of life out there and the statistics of intelligent beings and advanced civilization is a certainty, the way I look at it. that It has not been accepted, because we've been in an anthropocentric era."
- Story Musgrave
(Related: Life, Civilization, Certainty, Statistics)

"Danny and I wrote 10 songs in seven days, which I thought might be close to the record until you probably look at some of the Beatles statistics."
- Jerry Only
(Related: Thought, Songs, Statistics)

"The ownership of computers in the home is far less than the statistics show, because usually when the computer breaks down once, that is the end of it for a long, long time. They do not have the money or incentive to get the computer repaired."
- Major Owens
(Related: Computers, Home, Money, Time, End, Ownership, Statistics)

"Statistics show that many people watch our show from the bedroom. and people you ask into your bedroom have to be more interesting than those you ask into your living room. I kid you not!"
- Jack Paar
(Related: People, Living, Statistics)

"Statistics is the grammar of science."
- Karl Pearson
(Related: Science, Grammar, Statistics)

"Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?"
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Age, Life, Beauty, Friendship, Love, Decency, Example, Measure, Order, Statistics)

"He uses statistics like a drunk uses lamp-posts, more for support than illumination."
- Romano Prodi
(Related: Statistics, Support)

"You're trying too hard to find a correlation here. You don't know these people, you don't know what they intended. You try to compile statistics and correlate them to a result that amounts to nothing more than speculation."
- Marc Racicot
(Related: People, Nothing, Result, Statistics, Trying)

"Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom's apple pie."
- Harry Reasoner
(Related: Mom, Baseball, Statistics)

"If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment."
- Ernest Rutherford
(Related: Needs, Statistics)

"Be able to analyze statistics, which can be used to support or undercut almost any argument."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Argument, Statistics, Support)

"It stands, essentially, for the application of increased energy to the efforts already undertaken by my ministry since 1934 with the results shown in the above statistics."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Energy, Results, Statistics)

"I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my love for the game won't let me do that."
- Mike Schmidt
(Related: Love, Statistics)

"They read their sports pages, know their statistics and either root like hell or boo our butts off. I love it. Give me vocal fans, pro or con, over the tourist types who show up in Houston or Montreal and just sit there."
- Mike Schmidt
(Related: Love, Sports, Fans, Hell, Houston, Statistics)

"Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination."
- Vin Scully
(Related: Statistics, Support)

"In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end."
- Tom Seaver
(Related: Consistency, Baseball, End, Numbers, Statistics, Theory, Will, Worry)

"There are over 500,000 registered sex offenders across the country, and statistics have shown that the recidivism rate for those criminals is high."
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Related: Sex, Country, Statistics)

"Statistics show that of those who contract the habit of eating, very few survive."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Habit, Eating, Statistics)

"It is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics."
- George Bernard Shaw
(Related: Statistics)

"I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds."
- Alan Shepard
(Related: Success, Survival, Chance, Mission, Statistics)

"With my academic achievement in high school I was accepted rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale, but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates. And that's been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that - there are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action to try to balance out those effects."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Achievement, Action, Balance, School, Statistics, Testing)

"The Government are very keen on amassing statistics - they collect them, add them, raise them to the nth power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams."
- Josiah Stamp
(Related: Government, Power, Statistics)

"The individual source of the statistics may easily be the weakest link."
- Josiah Stamp
(Related: May, Statistics)

"I've taught statistics, math courses and what I've found is that often if you teach them algebraically the formulas, you'll have one group of kids doing well."
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Kids, Statistics)

"The type of measure used placed constraints on which statistics can be used."
- Stanley Smith Stevens
(Related: Measure, Statistics)

"There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up."
- Rex Stout
(Related: Statistics)

"Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Facts, Statistics)

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Lies, Statistics)

"Coughs seem very common here, especially among the children, though people look strong and healthy, but in the absence of proper statistics one cannot undertake to say whether the district is a healthy one or not."
- Edward Burnett Tylor
(Related: People, Absence, Children, Statistics)

"Well, first of all the Dominion Bureau of Statistics made a survey in the spring of 1970, which showed that on balance the difference in the cost of living between Canadian cities and American cities was 5 % to the advantage, of course, to the Canadian cities."
- Leonard Woodcock
(Related: American, Balance, Cities, Difference, First, Living, Spring, Statistics)

"People with fertility problems are not alone. It is a very very common problem for couples today. I've seen statistics that are just staggering."
- Michael Zaslow
(Related: People, Problems, Statistics, Today)

"Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business."
- Zig Ziglar
(Related: Business, Opportunity, Complaining, Customer, Managers, Statistics)