There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up - Rex Todhunter Stout

25 Powerful Statistics Quotes with the Flavour of Science

Statistics is
the grammar of science.

Karl Pearson

(1857 – 1936, influential English mathematician)

Quote: Statistics are no substitute for judgement - Henry Clay

It is a capital mistake
to theorize
before one has data.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

(1859 – 1930, Scottish physician and writer,
most noted for his stories about Sherlock Holmes)

Statistical thinking
will one day be
as necessary a qualification
for efficient citizenship
as the ability
to read and write.

Herbert George “H. G.” Wells

(1866 – 1946, English writer)

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

(1869 – 1957; English statistician and economist)

If your experiment
needs statistics,
you ought to have
done a better experiment.

Ernest Rutherford,
1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson

(1871 – 1937, New Zealand-born physicist;
became known as the father of nuclear physics)

Everything that can be counted
does not necessarily count;
everything that counts
cannot necessarily be counted.

Albert Einstein

(1879 – 1955; German-born theoretical physicist)

Prediction is very difficult,
especially of the future.

Niels Henrik David Bohr

(1885 – 1962; Danish physicist)

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

Rex Todhunter Stout

(1886 – 1975, American writer noted for his detective fiction)

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