# Statistics

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I used to trouble about what life was for—now being alive seems sufficient reason.

Joanna Field**Statistics** is a mathematical science pertaining to the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data.

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- To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose.
- Florence Nightingale, quoted in Karl Pearson,
*Life of Francis Galton*, vol.II, ch.xiii, sect.i

- Florence Nightingale, quoted in Karl Pearson,

- The rise of biometry in this 20th century, like that of geometry in the 3rd century before Christ, seems to mark out one of the great ages or critical periods in the advance of the human understanding.
- Sir R.A. Fisher (Sept 1948). "Biometry".
*Biometrics***4**: 217-219.

- Sir R.A. Fisher (Sept 1948). "Biometry".

- A well-wrapped statistic is better than Hitler's "big lie"; it misleads, yet it cannot be pinned on you.
- Darrell Huff,
*How to Lie with Statistics*(1954), introduction

- Darrell Huff,

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- Lies—damned lies—and statistics.
- Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli by Mark Twain, but this is unreliable. For discussion of earliest known uses see Leonard H. Courtney.

- A new statistic proves that 73% of all statistics are pure inventions.

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

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

- How come you are so fond of all those probability people? Because they are never negative.

- I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.

- I could prove God statistically.

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

- It is easy to lie with statistics. It is hard to tell the truth without it.

- Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance.

- Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.

- Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read or write.
- H. G. Wells
- Attributed in Darrell Huff,
*How to Lie with Statistics*(1954), epigraph

- The true foundation of theology is to ascertain the character of God. It is by the art 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.

- Then there was the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches.

- I do not know whether there is anything peculiarly exciting in the air of this particular part of Hertfordshire, but the number of engagements that go on seems to me considerably above the proper average that statistics have laid down for our guidance. Lady Bracknell: