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Facts And Statistics Quotes


"Facts speak louder than statistics." - Geoffrey Streatfeild

"If we knew about the real facts and statistics of mortality, wed be terrified." - Vilayanur S Ramachandran

"Jews, Germans, and Allies is an important historical document, especially in light of those revisionists who would impose a universal amnesia about the suffering and losses incurred during the Holocaust. The grim statistics that Ms. Grossmann presents in her carefully researched and well-organized book carry evidence of the terrible truth. But the testimony of the survivors she quotes contains the final, ineradicable facts of history." - Hilma Wolitzer

"We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures." - Bernard Nathanson

"Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent." - John F Kennedy

"There are three kinds of lies - lies, damned lies and statistics." - Mark Twain

"Statistics are for losers." - Scotty Bowman

"Hope, and hopelessness, persist despite the facts." - Mason Cooley

"Tell the truth and not the facts." - Maya Angelou

"The facts, gentlemen, and nothing but the facts, for careful eyes are narrowly watching." - Isaac Asimov

"Opinions don't affect facts. But facts should affect opinions, and do, if you're rational" - Ricky Gervais

"Utility is our national shibboleth: the savior of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics." - Edward Dahlberg

"Data-driven statistics has the danger of isolating statistics from the rest of the scientific and mathematical communities by not allowing valuable cross-pollination of ideas from other fields." - Lawrence Shepp

"God is just a statistics." - Marilyn Manson

"If we knew about the real facts and statistics of mortality, we'd be terrified." - Vilayanur S Ramachandran

"Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion." - Joseph Addison

"Doubts and jealousies often beget the facts they fear." - Thomas Jefferson

"Take it, and turn to facts my fantasies." - Edmond Rostand

"Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress." - Paul Feyerabend

"I would rather have the wrong facts and a right attitude, than right facts and a wrong attitude." - Chuck Smith

"Facts - all facts - explain and confirm each other. They are only partially true until you link them together." - Willa Gibbs

"Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about "character issues."" - P. J. O'Rourke

"Before the curse of statistics fell upon mankind we lived a happy, innocent life, full of merriment and go and informed by fairly good judgment." - Hilaire Belloc

"According to new statistics, Pope Francis is the most talked about person on the Internet. And not only that, he has the most viewed profile on Christian Mingle." - Conan O'Brien

"It's the biggest public health problem in America, the rising rates of obesity among our young people and very heavy statistics among our adult population." - William J Clinton

"An almost hysterical antagonism toward the gold standard is one issue which unites statistics of all persuasions. They seem to sense... that gold and economic freedom are inseparable." - Alan Greenspan

"As I look back on it now, it's obvious that studying history and philosophy was much better preparation for the stock market than, say, studying statistics." - Peter Lynch

"Statistics are the heart of democracy." - Simeon Strunsky

"The statistics want to control the economy." - Grover Norquist

"Statistics are there to be broken." - Chris Kamara

"I wanted to be an archaeologist. But in school you have to take a tremendous amount of statistics for that, and I am not good at statistics. So I hit a real wall with archaeology. It's probably like wanting to be an architect - you think it's all fun and games, and then you have to get out a calculator and you're done." - Sloane Crosley

"The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the aid of Statistics that law in the social sphere can be ascertained and codified, and certain aspects of the character of God thereby revealed. The study of statistics is thus a religious service." - Florence Nightingale

"Statistics, one may hope, will improve gradually, and become good for something. Meanwhile, it is to be feared the crabbed satirist was partly right, as things go: "A judicious man," says he, "looks at Statistics, not to get knowledge, but to save himself from having ignorance foisted on him."" - Thomas Carlyle

"There is a certain embarrassment about being a storyteller in these times when stories are considered not quite as satisfying as statements and statements not quite as satisfying as statistics; but in the long run, a people is known, not by its statements or its statistics, but by the stories it tells." - Flannery O'Connor

"If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell" - Carl Sandburg

"The successful memoirist [blogger] respects facts, uses them accurately, rigorously represses the human impulse to lie or embellish, but knows that truth is both different from facts and greater than facts, and not always their sum." - Bill Roorbach

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." - John Adams

"Facts, and facts alone, are the foundation of science... When one devotes oneself to experimental research it is in order to augment the sum of known facts, or to discover their mutual relations." - Francois Magendie

"I most carefully confined myself to facts and arranged those facts on as thin a line of connecting opinion as possible." - Mary Kingsley

"The facts speak only when the historian calls on them: it is he who decides to which facts to give the floor, and in what order or context" - Edward Hallett Carr

"Birth, and copulation, and death; that's all the facts when you come to brass tacks." - T S Eliot

"My only master and my only mistress are the facts and objectivity. I have no others." - Vincent Bugliosi

"Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." - Mark Twain

"I don't let individual statistics make me a focus or more of a focus. I just tried to come out and attack early and get a big lead. We were able to take it in overtime and win." - Lebron James

"In Our Underachieving Colleges, [Derek] Bok acts as both diagnostician and healer, wielding social-science statistics and professional studies to trace the etiology of today's illnesses and to recommend palliative treatments for what he has discovered." - Donald Kagan

"I thing for female filmmakers a big issue is making their second and third films. You see the statistics, and the dropoff on the second and third [films] , are dire." - Ava Duvernay

"The first and most fundamental rule is: Consider social facts as things." - Emile Durkheim

"The person of Christ is to me the greatest and surest of all facts." - Philip Schaff

"At least I know I'm bewildered about the really fundamental and important facts of the universe." - Terry Pratchett

"Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other." - William Faulkner

"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." - Thomas Huxley

"Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life." - John Dewey

"I worked on true Baconian principles, and without any theory collected facts." - Charles Darwin

"There is a difference between the facts of a person and the truth of him." - Alix Ohlin

"Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man." - Henry David Thoreau

"And in the absence of facts, myth rushes in, the kudzu of history." - Stacy Schiff

"Never give up; and never, under any circumstances, no matter what - never face the facts." - Ruth Gordon

"Making good judgments when one has complete data, facts, and knowledge is not leadership - it's bookkeeping" - Dee Hock

"Let us keep our mouths shut and our pens dry until we know the facts." - Anton Julius Carlson

"IMAGINATION, n. A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership." - Ambrose Bierce

"Facts mean nothing unless they are rightly understood, rightly related and rightly interpreted." - William Jennings Bryan

"Several national tests have revealed the following startling statistics about why salespeople fail...15% Improper training both product and sales skills. 20% Poor verbal and written communication skills. 15% Poor or problematic boss or management. 50% Attitude." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"Facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away while scientists debate rival theories for explaining them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air pending the outcome." - Stephen Jay Gould

"But the indeterminate future is somehow one in which probability and statistics are the dominant modality for making sense of the world. Bell curves and random walks define what the future is going to look like. The standard pedagogical argument is that high schools should get rid of calculus and replace it with statistics, which is really important and actually useful. There has been a powerful shift toward the idea that statistical ways of thinking are going to drive the future." - Peter Thiel

"There is something inhuman and vaguely pornographic about statistics... Pornography, on the other hand, with its loosely bound sequences of storyless sexual couplings often has the feel of a statistical survey." - John Allen Paulos

"To ask me to verify my life by giving you my statistics is like using science to validate sorcery. It robs the world of its magic and makes milestones out of us all." - Carlos Castaneda

"While statistics are interesting, they're all in the past." - Vince Lombardi

"Computers show up everywhere except the growth statistics." - Robert Solow

"Statistics is the art of lying by means of figures." - Wilhelm Stekel

"The church has paid a terrible price for statistics!" - Leonard Ravenhill

"Baseball isn't statistics, it's Joe DiMaggio rounding second base." - Jimmy Breslin

"Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped away." - Paul Brodeur

"I don't believe in statistics. I believe in calculus." - Ben Horowitz

"Statistics are about as interesting as first base coaches." - Jim Bouton

"Lies, damned lies, and statistics." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Creativity is more about taking the facts, fictions, and feelings we store away and finding new ways to connect them." - Twyla Tharp

"Facts are of not much use, considered as facts. They bewilder by their number and their apparent incoherency. Let them be digested into theory, however, and brought into mutual harmony, and it is another matter." - Oliver Heaviside

"To speculate without facts is to attempt to enter a house of which one has not the key, by wandering aimlessly round and round, searching the walls and now and then peeping through the windows. Facts are the key." - Julian Huxley

"Till facts be grouped and called there can be no prediction. The only advantage of discovering laws is to foretell what will happen and to see the bearing of scattered facts." - Charles Darwin

"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values." - John F Kennedy

"The Right Honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Your desires and true beliefs have a way of playing blind man's bluff. You must corner the inner facts..." - David Seabury

"The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When we know what we want to prove, we go out and find our facts. They are always there." - Pearl S Buck

"The man of science dissects the statement, verifies the facts, and demonstrates connection even where he cannot its purpose." - Margaret Fuller

"Art... does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon." - Agnes Repplier

"The aim of science is to seek the simplest explanation of complex facts... Seek simplicity and distrust it." - Alfred North Whitehead

"The natural world is a package deal; you don't get to select which facts you like and which you don't." - Bill Nye

"Miracles have no claim whatever to the character of historical facts and are wholly invalid as evidence of any revelation." - John Stuart Mill

"Creative thinking will improve as we relate the new fact to the old and all facts to each other." - John Dewey

"Give me the facts, and I will twist them the way I want, to suit my argument." - Winston Churchill

"Damn, but science is just a constant feed of cool new facts and theories. Theology doesn't come close." - Jerry A. Coyne

"One side sticks to the facts, and the other side is close to playing with its poop." - Keith Olbermann

"I want to hold a series of meetings all over the country and get the facts before the American people" - Mother Jones

"People are suspect because they believe your ideology blinds you to equal application of the law, and the facts," - Joe Biden

"Mr. Starr, have you no shame? Facts and law are always subordinated to the will of the American people." - William H. Ginsburg

"Through faithful practice, layer after layer of the mind opens before us, and each reveals new facts to us." - Swami Vivekananda

"My mind cannot know you, only labels, judgments, facts, and opinions about you. Being alone knows directly." - Eckhart Tolle

"I certainly incorporate facts into my fiction. I take the basic facts from the life of my subject and I pick and choose what to use to construct a really interesting novel. I don't let facts get in the way of my imagination and my exploration of the subject's emotions and relationships." - Melanie Benjamin

"We are anxious when there is a dissonance between our "knowledge" and the perceivable facts. Since our "knowledge" is not to be doubted or questioned, it is the facts that have to be altered..." - Nathaniel Branden

"Theory is worth but little, unless it can explain its own phenomena, and it must effect this without contradicting itself; therefore, the facts are sometimes assimilated to the theory, rather than the theory to the facts." - Charles Caleb Colton

"I don't believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of 'fairness' is what's troubling to me." - Aaron Sorkin

"Reading things that are relevant to the facts of your life is of limited value. The facts are, after all, only the facts, and the yearning passionate part of you will not be met there. That is why reading ourselves as a fiction as well as fact is so liberating. The wider we read the freer we become." - Jeanette Winterson

"Purpose of counter-intelligence action is to disrupt and it is immaterial whether facts exist to substantiate the charge. If facts are present it aids in the success of the proposal but the Bureau feels ... that disruption can be accomplished without facts to back it up." - J Edgar Hoover

"Facts do not give advice." - Mason Cooley

"Don't confuse facts with reality." - Robert D. Ballard

"Facing facts is always empowering." - Eckhart Tolle

"I don't like realism. We already know the real facts about li[fe], most of the basic facts. I'm not interested in repeating what we already know. We know about sex, about violence, about murder, about war. All these things, by the time we're 18, we're up to here. From there on we need interpreters. We need poets. We need philosophers. We need theologians, who take the same basic facts and work with them and help us make do with those facts. Facts alone are not enough. It's interpretation." - Ray Bradbury

"Stories are more than compelling facts. People remember stories more than they remember statistics." - Soledad O'Brien

"Facts in books, statistics in encyclopedias, the ability to use them in men's heads." - Fogg Bracknell

"Statistics began as the systematic study of quantitative facts about the state." - Ian Hacking

"Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures." - Evan Esar

"I spent twenty-two seasons playing professional baseball. Naturally, success in that field is measured by batting averages, number of home runs and RBIs, fielding averages, ERAs and other statistics. Fame, notoriety and the bright lights fade quickly. To me, true success in life would be to develop both physically and spiritually to our fullest and to endure to the end!" - Harmon Killebrew

"Fear, coercion, punishment, are the masculine remedies for moral weakness, but statistics show their failure for centuries. Why not change the system and try the education of the moral and intellectual faculties, cheerful surroundings, inspiring influences? Everything in our present system tends to lower the physical vitality, the self-respect, the moral tone, and to harden instead of reforming the criminal." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"Normal is enormously susceptible to swinging with the gusts of politics and history. Disguised as scientific and fixed, it is subjective and protean. That is why I used the word normative above, a term derived from statistics, simply meaning what most people do." - Adam Levine

"'Statistics' show that 66% of clients are cured with psychotherapy; what statistics don't show is that 72% are cured without it." - Thomas Szasz

"The only thing that ever really frightened me during the war was the U-Boat peril...It did not take the form of flaring battles and glittering achievements, it manifested itself through statistics, diagrams, and curves unknown to the nation, incomprehensible to the public." - Winston Churchill

"Eat good dinners and drink good wine; read good novels if you have the leisure and see good plays; fall in love, if there is no reason why you should not fall in love; but do not pore over influenza statistics." - Jerome K Jerome

"They can print statistics and count the populations in hundreds of thousands, but to each man a city consists of no more than a few streets, a few houses, a few people. Remove those few and a city exists no longer except as a pain in the memory, like a pain of an amputated leg no longer there." - Graham Greene

"Loyalty is dead, the experts proclaim, and the statistics seem to bear them out. On average, U.S. corporations now lose half their customers in five years, half their employees in four, and half their investors in less than one. We seem to face a future in which the only business relationships will be opportunistic transactions between virtual strangers." - Fred Reichheld

"The players are too serious. They don't have any fun any more. They come to camp with a financial adviser and they read the stock market page before the sports pages. They concern themselves with statistics rather than simply playing the game and enjoying it for what it is." - Rocky Bridges

"There's a tendency for adults to label the math that they can do (such as identifying patterns, choosing between competing offers in a supermarket, and challenging statistics published by the government) as "common sense" and labeling everything they can't do as "math" - so that being bad at math becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy." - Robert Eastaway

"When you boil down the real facts and statistics of what carbon dioxide is doing to this planet... to not feel like you have to do something... I don't think you're human." - A J Buckley

"Every year, an average of 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns, according to Department of Justice statistics. This does not include suicides or the tens of thousands of robberies, rapes and assaults committed with handguns. This level of violence must be stopped." - Ronald Reagan

"Half of all kids in public education are below the poverty line. Two-thirds of the achievement gap comes from factors outside of school. Teachers influence about seven to ten percent of what happens in kids' lives. When you think about those statistics, you have to think about how to re-envision education so it's holistic and so we share responsibility." - Randi Weingarten

"In the end we won't be judged as a society solely by our growth statistics or economic activity graphs. We will be judged by the quality of the life that we foster for all members of the community and the compassion we show for the disadvantaged." - Carmen Lawrence

"Second, they [those who disagree with market efficiency] always claim they know a man, a bank, or a fund that does do better. Alas, anecdotes are not science. And once Wharton School dissertations seek to quantify the performers, these have a tendency to evaporate into the air - or, at least, into statistically insignificant t-statistics." - Paul Samuelson

"Our economy will not prosper as long as it is monopolised (by the government). The economy must be rid of monopoly and see competition, it must be freed of insider speculation, be transparent, all people must be aware of the statistics. If we can bring transparency to our economy, we can fight corruption." - Hassan Rouhani

"My basic idea is that programming is the most powerful medium of developing the sophisticated and rigorous thinking needed for mathematics, for grammar, for physics, for statistics, for all the "hard" subjects.... In short, I believe more than ever that programming should be a key part of the intellectual development of people growing up." - Seymour Papert

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics." - Mark Twain

"When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!" - George S Patton

"I'm not so good at just throwing out facts and figures and education and all that. I tell stories to captivate, that give people... that touch people emotionally." - Larry Winget

"Were I disposed to consider the comparative merit of each of them [facts or theories in medical practice], I should derive most of the evils of medicine from supposed facts, and ascribe all the remedies which have been uniformly and extensively useful, to such theories as are true. Facts are combined and rendered useful only by means of theories, and the more disposed men are to reason, the more minute and extensive they become in their observations" - Benjamin Rush

"Stories are how we learn best. We absorb numbers and facts and details, but we keep them all glued into our heads with stories." - Chris Brogan

"Birth is a bittersweet event ... a place where heaven and earth collide in a perplexing clash of hopes, dreams, facts, fears, questions, and expectations." - Debra Evans

"I only watch National Geographic Channel, and also I have the app on my phone. Im into astronomy and love to learn about new facts." - Sonu Nigam

"Why do we stop believing in ourselves? Why do we let facts and figures and anything but dreams rule our lives?" - Cecelia Ahern

"All the facts of nature are nouns of the intellect, and make the grammar of the eternal language. Every word has a double, trebleor centuple use and meaning." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

"All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile." - Chris Hart

"I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics." - Richard Branson

"To understand God's thoughts, one must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose." - Florence Nightingale

"The customer is usually wrong, but statistics indicate that it doesn't pay to tell him so" - Aleister Crowley

"Refuse the council of despair! Don't live by the statistics, live according to the prophetic word!" - Lou Engle

"Despite the dubious statistics ... democracy is a thing of value for which we should be fighting." - Rory Stewart

"There is something in statistics that makes it very similar to astrology." - Gian-Carlo Rota

"43.7 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

"Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts." - William O Douglas

"The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts." - Howard Baker



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