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Counting is the religion of this generation it is its hope and its salvation. Gertrude Stein
I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. George Canning
You cannot feed the hungry on statistics. Heinrich Heine
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet. E. M. Forster
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Albert Einstein
An error is the more dangerous in proportion to the degree of truth which it contains. Henri Frederic Amiel
Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics. Fletcher Knebel
Under the Nazi Government there has been much 'invisible unemployment.' The number of unemployed Jews is great and is increasing; but these are not counted as unemployed. A decision by the highest labor court at Weimar on November 27, 1935, opened the way for the dismissal of all Jews working for non-Jewish employers. ... in order to protect 'Aryan' employees from Jewish influences. Jews will have to work for Jews or not at all. Another source of 'invisible unemployment' has been the wholesale discharge of women whose husbands are employed, and of unmarried men under twenty-five. None of these are included among the unemployed in the official statistics. Part-time workers are counted as fully employed... Norman Thomas
There are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of. Leonard Henry Courtney
There are three kind of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts Albert Einstein
When numbers are being crunched by politicians, axes are usually grinding. John M. Broder
We spend our time bandying statistics about. Lord Carrington
We must never let a blizzard of statistics blind us to the real lives and people behind them. Bill Clinton
Figures won’t lie but liars will figure. Charles Henry Grosvenor
Figures won't lie, but liars will figure. Charles Henry Grosvenor
Figures wont lie, but liars will figure. Charles Henry Grosvenor
Everybody's entitled to their own figures. Kika de la Garza
The most reckless and treacherous of all theorists is he who professes to let facts and figures speak for themselves. Alfred Marshall
Statistics is the plural of anecdote. Daniel P. Moynihan
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. Hector Hugh Munro; Saki
Agriculture, confessedly the largest interest in the nation, has not a department or a bureau, but a clerkship only, assigned to it in the government.... I venture the opinion that an agricultural and statistical bureau might profitably be organized. Abraham Lincoln
When you have 7 percent unemployed, you have 93 percent working. John F. Kennedy
A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures. Thomas Carlyle
Whenever you can, count. Francis Galton
People say that it’s easy to lie with statistics. Well it’s a lot easier to lie without them. Charles Murray
It is the mark of a greatly educated person to be deeply moved by statistics. George Bernard Shaw
John Chancellor said he could remember a time when arguments could be settled by government statistics. Today, nobody’s statistics can be trusted. Michael Crichton
I hold this project to be totally subversive of the last remains of English liberty …. Can it be pretended, that by the knowledge of our number, or our wealth, either can be increased?" And what purpose will it answer to know where the kingdom is crowded, and where it is thin, except we are to be driven from place to place as graziers do their cattle? If this be intended, let them brand us at once; but while they treat us like oxen and sheep, let them not insult us with the name of men William Thomas Thornton
A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. Joseph Stalin
It is the mark of a truly educated person to be deeply moved by statistics. Oscar Wilde
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. But what you must never forget is that every one of those figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases. Josiah Stamp
A story is much more effective than a statistic. George Stephanopoulos
It is better to be approximately right than to be precisely wrong. Warren Buffett
Sometimes the statistics themselves, the means by which we perceive the economic universe, are unreliable. John Steele Gordon
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts—for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang
Not everything that counts can be counted. Standard Chartered Bank
Uncertainty is everywhere and you cannot escape from it. Dennis Lindley
There is much evidence that people are not rational, in the economist’s sense; nor do they take into account expectation, in the precise interpretation of that word. As a result, economic theory often does not correspond with what happens in the market. Some would argue that we need descriptive economics. I would argue that all should be taught about probability, utility, and MEU (maximization of expected utility) and act accordingly. Dennis Lindley
Statistics are like blood sausage: they are delicious until you find out how they're made. Álvaro Gomez Hurtado
Genocide, massacre, and human slaughter; pillage, rape, and torture have been much more common than war and revolution. But historians do not dwell on such events. And even if they do, they very rarely attach numbers to them. They prefer the glamour of war, of diplomacy, of the clash of nations and personalities. Rudolph Joseph Rummel
It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without it. Andrejs Dunkels
Medical statistics will be our standard of measurement: we will weigh life for life and see where the dead lie thicker, among the workers or among the privileged Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow
To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose. Florence Nightingale
A great many decisions just can’t be made with confidence because the data just doesn’t exist …. [however] just because we don’t have the information doesn’t mean that we can’t get it. Michael Crichton
One murder made a villain, Millions a hero. Princes were privileged To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime.. Beilby Porteus
The first lesson that you must learn is that, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic. Winston Churchill
Beware of averages. The average person has one breast and one testicle. Dixie Lee Ray
I would rather not depend on sophisticated statistics to demonstrate behavior. I prefer to design experiments that will produce interocular effects—hit you between the eyes. B. F. Skinner
We have professional economists who can defend any viewpoint with statistics and they do that everywhere in the world. Robert J. Shiller
No single number has become more central to society in the past 50 years” than gross domestic product. Zachary Karabell
The kingdom of Bhutan replaced standard economic measures with measures of happiness as long ago as 1972. Yet Bhutan’s G.D.P. per head is still one of the lowest in the world, life expectancy is relatively low and infant mortality high, so it is easy to see why the king would not want anyone to mention the economy. Zachary Karabell
The so-called leading [economic] indicators no longer answer the most important questions people are raising about how they live. Diane Coyle
Until the early 20th century, significant economic hardship was so woven into human history and experience that it wasn’t yet seen as an aberration. Only the combination of a severe crisis and the belief that such crises not only could but should be prevented by collective government action led to the creation of unemployment statistics. Zachary Karabell
Treating unemployment as a national problem is almost always a mistake. Employment trends vary dramatically by race, geography, gender and level of education. But none of that is reflected in the all-encompassing unemployment rate, and hence policies informed only by that number are bound to fall short. Zachary Karabell
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. William Bruce Cameron