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Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners.

Author: G. O. Ashley


Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

Statistics are no substitute for judgment.

Author: Henry Clay (1777-1852)

Profession: American Statesman, Orator

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

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

I could prove God statistically.

Author: George Gallup (1901-1984)

Profession: American Public Opinion Expert

Round numbers are always false.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.

Author: Fletcher Knebel


He used statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts; for support rather than illumination.

Author: Andrew Lang

Profession: American Folk Singer

I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I'm not going to deny that you don't now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand.

Author: Ronald Reagan (1911)

Profession: Fortieth President of the USA, Actor

A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.

Author: Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Profession: Georgian-born Soviet Leader

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up, and the kind you make up.

Author: Rex Stout


Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in contented dazzlement of surprise.

Author: Lewis Thomas (1913-)

Profession: American Physician, Educator

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lamp posts... for support rather than illumination.

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