An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Statistics are no substitute for judgment.


Henry Clay (1777-1852, American statesman, orator)


I could prove God statistically.


George Gallup (1901-1984, American public opinion expert)


Round numbers are always false.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.


Fletcher Knebel


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


Andrew Lang (1844-1912, American folk singer)


Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.


Aaron Levenstein


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.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


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


Joseph Stalin (1879-1953, Georgian-born Soviet leader)


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


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.


Lewis Thomas (1913-1993, American physician, educator)


There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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