Statistics Quotes

Statistics are no substitute
for judgement.

Henry Clay, Sr.
(1777 – 1852, American lawyer,politician and skilled orator)

Errors using inadequate data
are much less
than those
using no data at all.

Charles Babbage
(1791 – 1871, English polymath,inventor and mechanical engineer)

While nothing is more uncertain
than a single life,
nothing is more certain
than the average duration
of a thousand lives.

Elizur Wright 
(1804 – 1885, American mathematician,
“father of life insurance” for his
pioneering work on actuarial tables)

Facts are stubborn things,
but statistics are pliable.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens,
better known by his pen name Mark Twain 
(1835 – 1910, American author and humourist)

We must be careful
not to confuse data
with the abstractions
we use to analyse them.

William James 
(1842 – 1910, American philosopher and psychologist)

Statistics show
that of those
who contract the habit of eating,
very few survive.

George Bernard Shaw 
(1856 – 1950; Irish playwright)