Statistics Quotes - Page 2

I could prove God statistically.Take the human body alone the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.
– George Gallup

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

The minute a statistician steps into the position of the executive who must make decisions and defend them, the statistician ceases to be a statistician.
– W.E. Deming

Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.
– Bobby Bragan

Statistics is, or should be, about scientific investigation and how to do it better, but many statisticians believe it is a branch of mathematics.
– George Box

Science has, as its whole purpose, the rendering of the physical world understandable and beautiful. Without this you have only tables and statistics.
– Julius Robert

A knowledge of statistics is like a knowledge of foreign languages or of algebra; it may prove of use at any time under any circumstances.
– A.L. Bowley

Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterilityand death.
– Joseph Hilaire

A statistician is a person who stands in a bucket of ice water, sticks their head in an oven and says “on average, I feel fine!”
– K.Dunnigan

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

Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits that under analysis some of them won’t stand up either.
– Evan Esar

With many calculations, one can win; with few one cannot. How much less chance of victory has one who makes none at all!
– Sun Tzu

USA Today has come out with a new survey apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.
– David Letterman

Absolute certainty is a privilege of uneducated minds-and fanatics. It is, for scientific folk, an unattainable ideal.
– Cassius J. Keyser

A judicious man looks on statistics not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted on him.
– Thomas Carlyle

Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.
– H.G.Wells

… the actual and physical conduct of an experiment must govern the statistical procedure of its interpretation.
– R. A. Fisher

Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions.
– Evan Esar

Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp postsöfor support rather than illumination.
– Andrew Lang

The only useful function of a statistician is to make predictions, and thus to provide a basis for action.
– W.E. Deming