Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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

Do not trust any statistics you did not fake yourself.

All models are wrong, but some are useful.

There are lies, damned lies and statistics.

The essential feature of statistics is a prudent and systematic ignoring of details.

Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.

Statistics and numbers are no good unless you have good people to analyse and then interpret their meaning and importance.

Statistics show 50% of the people use the internet. The rest have sex with real people.

Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.

The manipulation of statistical formulas is no substitute for knowing what one is doing.

A good stack of examples, as large as possible, is indispensable for a thorough understanding of any concept,and when I want to learn something new, I make it my first job to build one.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do.

The statistics of life out there and the statistics of intelligent beings and advanced civilization is a certainty, the way I look at it. It has not been accepted, because we've been in an anthropocentric era.

The most misleading assumptions are the ones you don't even know you're making.

While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.

Life is just one damned thing after another.

We made too many wrong mistakes.

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.

Academic staff rather enjoy coming to conclusions, but they don't like coming to decisions at all.

An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible.

By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right also implies a duty: one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.

It is the first duty of a hypothesis to be intelligible.

The world is continuous, but the mind is discrete.

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