**ENJOY REFLECTING ON THE FOLLOWING QUOTATIONS
I'VE COMPILED ABOUT STATISTICS**
**AND IF YOU KNOW A GOOD ONE NOT ON THIS LIST,
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ME!**

**Statistical thinking will be as necessary for
efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write." -- H.G. Wells**

**"Statistics is the grammar of science." --
Karl Pearson**

**"Then there is the man who drowned crossing
a stream with an average depth of six inches." -- W.I.E. Gates**

**"Do not put your faith in what statistics say
until you have carefully considered what they do not say." --- William
W. Wyatt**

**"An approximate answer to the right question
is worth far more than a precise answer to the wrong one." -- John Tukey**

**"All models are wrong, but some are useful."
-- G.E.P. Box**

**"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned
lies and statistics." -- British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)**

**"I am one of the unpraised, unrewarded millions
without whom Statistics would be a bankrupt science. It is we who
are born, who marry, who die, in constant ratio." -- Logan Pearsall Smith**

**Life is a school of probability. -Walter
Bagehot Quoted in J.R. Newman (ed.) The World of Mathematics, Simon and
Schuster, New York, 1956, p. 1360.**

**It has been pointed out already that no knowledge
of probabilities, less in degree than certainty, helps us to know what
conclusions are true, and that there is no direct relation between truth
of a proposition and its probability. Probability begins and ends
with probability.**
**-John Maynard Keynes The Application of Probability
to Conduct**

**The excitement that a gambler feels when making
a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning
it.**
**-Blaise Pascal In N. Rose Mathematical Maxims
and Minims, Raleigh NC: Rome Press Inc., 1988**

**He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000
eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong
probability, which is far from certain. -Voltaire In J.R. Newman
(ed.) The World of Mathematics, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956.**

**"Figures won't lie, but liars will figure."
-- Charles H. Grosvenor**

**"There's little doubt that the Government figures
are honest. The problem is that the things the numbers are supposed
to measure cannot be determined with precision. Furthermore, the problem
is compounded when the figures are reported to the public. Unless one is
aware of the pitfalls -- and few people are-- the statistics can become
extremely misleading." -- T.F. O'Leary, Jr.**

**"Statisticians ... are much like lawyers.
They do not need to remember every technique exactly, but must know where
to locate it when needed and be able to understand it once found." -- S.R.
Searle**

**"(Statistics is) the most important science
in the whole world, for upon it depends the practical application of every
other science and of every art: the one science essential to all political
and social administration, all education, for only it gives exact results
of our experience....to understand Gd's thoughts, we must study statistics,
for these are the measure of his purpose." --- Florence Nightingale**

**"It no longer suffices to know how things are
constituted: we need to seek how things should be constituted so that this
world of ours may present less suffering and destitution." -- 19th-century
French statistician Eugene Buret**

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