Quotes: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
75% percent of people will believe anything that has a statistic in it.
"Facts are ventriloquists' dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism."
—Aldous Huxley, Time Must Have A Stop (1944)
Sixty six percent, that's almost better than a half chance for a DX victory!
Seventy percent of statistics are wrong, eighty percent of the time.
Qwark: This Lombax is young. He does not understand that being a hero is 45% strength, 60% bravery, and 10% raw intelligence.
Ratchet: That's 115%!
"And I'm sure you can account for the fact that since your so-called "Justice" League formed,
white-collar crime is up 3%!... On your watch, 50% of all marriages now end in divorce! And the other 50% in DEATH!!"
"If enough data is collected, a board of inquiry can prove anything."
— Murphy's Law of Combat #75
"Nothing is so fallacious as facts, except figures."
— George Canning
"Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers."
"Because this is a meteorological fact I can prove with graphs and lying. It snows EVERY CHRISTMAS DAY. Oh, shut up, what do you know??"
Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
I never believe in statistics unless I've forged them myself.