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1. "I think all of us certainly believed the statistics which said that probably 88% chance of mission success and maybe 96% chance of survival. And we were willing to take those odds."
Author: Alan Shepard
2. "At school you were taught about chemicals in test tubes, equations to describe motion, and maybe something on photosynthesis – about which more later – but in all likelihood you were taught nothing about death, risk, statistics, and the science of what will kill or cure you. The hole in our culture is gaping: evidence-based medicine, the ultimate applied science, contains some of the cleverest ideas from the past two centuries, it has saved millions of lives, but there has never once been a single exhibit on the subject in London's Science Museum."
Author: Ben Goldacre
3. "Don't you read the statistics? Guns are unisex these days."
Author: Benjamin R. Smith
4. "Stories change people while statistics give them something to argue about."
Author: Bernie Siegel
5. "The statistical method shows the facts in the light of the ideal average but does not give us a picture of their empirical reality. While reflecting an indisputable aspect of reality, it can falsify the actual truth in a most misleading way. This is particularly true of theories which are based on statistics. The distinctive thing about real facts, however, is their individuality. Not to put too fine a point on it, once could say that the real picture consists of nothing but exceptions to the rule, and that, in consequence, absolute reality has predominantly the character of irregularity."
Author: C.G. Jung
6. "We tell stories. We talk about statistics. And in 1978, we added an element of the show that gave it its heartbeat: the long distance dedication."
Author: Casey Kasem
7. "All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile."
Author: Chris Hart
8. "Extreme heroism springs from something that no scientific theory can fully explain; it's an illogical impulse that flies in the face of biology, psychology, actuarial statistics, and basic common sense."
Author: Christopher McDougall
9. "Psychologists really aim to be scientists, white-coat stuff, with elaborate statistics, running experiments."
Author: Daniel Kahneman
10. "Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious."
Author: Daniel Libeskind
11. "... Ethical cyberexplorers are responsible, yeah? We are friendly ghosts in the machine, not poltergeists or hooligans. We are a growing breed. Over sixty-five percent of top-flight systems explorers are ethical."Ai gives Suga a black look. "And over eighty-five percent of all statistics are made up on the spot."
Author: David Mitchell
12. "Coughs seem very common here, especially among the children, though people look strong and healthy, but in the absence of proper statistics one cannot undertake to say whether the district is a healthy one or not."
Author: Edward Burnett Tylor
13. "Girls mature faster than boys, cost more to raise, and statistics show that the old saw about girls not knowing about money and figures is a myth. Girls start to outspend boys before puberty—and they manage to maintain this lead until death or an ugly credit manager, whichever comes first. Males are born with a closed fist. Girls are born with the left hand cramped in a position the size of an American Express card. Whenever a girl sees a sign reading, "Sale, Going Out of Business, Liquidation," saliva begins to form in her mouth, the palms of her hands perspire and the pituitary gland says, "Go, Mama." In the male, it is quite a different story. He has a gland that follows a muscle from the right arm down to the base of his billfold pocket. It's called "cheap." Girls can slam a door louder, beg longer, turn tears on and off like a faucet, and invented the term, "You don't trust me." So much for "sugar and spice and everything nice" and "snips and snails and puppydog tails."
Author: Erma Bombeck
14. "Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics."
Author: Ernie Banks
15. "We all know that Americans love their statistics - in sport, obviously. And in finance too."
Author: Evan Davis
16. "Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures."
Author: Evan Esar
17. "It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
Author: Fletcher Knebel
18. "To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose."
Author: Florence Nightingale
19. "Averages might mean something to bureaucrats and engineers, but the sea had no struck with statistics: it was a succession of unpredictable circumstances and extremes."
Author: Frank Schätzing
20. "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."
Author: Graham Greene
21. "Statistics are no substitute for judgment."
Author: Henry Clay
22. "Our statistics are at fault: the population has been returned too large. How many men are there to a square thousand miles in this country? Hardly one."
Author: Henry David Thoreau
23. "Statistics were magic like this: they could tell you with near-certainty that a thing would occur, without a hint of when or where."
Author: Hugh Howey
24. "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."
Author: Jerome K. Jerome
25. "I can buy baseball cards to view an entire career on the back of a little square of cardboard. But nobody sells major league father cards with key statistics on the back ("Had a great season in 2005: set career highs in unforced expressions of affection and averaged 87 minutes of quality time per day.")"
Author: John Ortberg Jr.
26. "I have a theory of statistics: if you can double them or halve them and they still work, they are really good statistics."
Author: John Ralston Saul
27. "Ah." Ax nodded. "She does not understand how menacing we are." He tapped her on the shoulder. "You do not know me," he said, "but I am a juvenile delinquent. I do not trust authority figures, I probably will not graduate from high school, and statistics say my present rowdiness and vandalism will likely lead to more serious crimes. I am a dangerous fellow and I am causing mayhem in this store." He reached behind her and pulled three jars of baby food from the top shelf. Shoved them behind a box of macaroni. Shuffled the Chess Whizzed in front of the Marshmallow Fluff. Tossed a bag of lady's shavers onto a bag of hamburger buns. "There. I have now shamelessly destroyed the symmetry of this shelf, undoing hours of labor by underpaid store employees. If you could see me, you would be frightened." "If she could see you, she'd have you committed," Marco muttered."
Author: Katherine Applegate
28. "You do not know me, but I am a juvenile delinquent. I do not trust authority figures, I probably will not graduate from high school, and statistics say my present rowdiness and vandalism will likely lead to more serious crimes. I am a dangerous fellow, and I am causing mayhem in this store. [...] There. I have now shamelessly destroyed the symmetry of this shelf, undoing hours of labor by underpaid store employees. If you could see me, you would be frightened."
Author: Katherine Applegate
29. "Unlike earlier thinkers, who had sought to improve their accuracy by getting rid of error, Laplace realized that you should try to get more error: aggregate enough flawed data, and you get a glimpse of the truth. "The genius of statistics, as Laplace defined it, was that it did not ignore errors; it quantified them," the writer Louis Menand observed. "…The right answer is, in a sense, a function of the mistakes."
Author: Kathryn Schulz
30. "Statistics do not convey emotion. They shock us for a minute or two, and then we click again."
Author: Madeleine M. Kunin
31. "There are some scary statistics out there: one in five kids aged 10-17 have received a sexual solicitation or approach via the Internet."
Author: Mark Kennedy
32. "Take an instance: the removal of the motto [In God We Trust] fetched out a clamor from the pulpit; little groups and small conventions of clergymen gathered themselves together all over the country, and one of these little groups, consisting of twenty-two ministers, put up a prodigious assertion unbacked by any quoted statistics and passed it unanimously in the form of a resolution: the assertion, to wit, that this is a Christian country. Why, Carnegie, so is hell. Those clergymen know that, inasmuch as "Strait is the way and narrow is the gate, and few — few — are they that enter in thereat" has had the natural effect of making hell the only really prominent Christian community in any of the worlds; but we don't brag of this and certainly it is not proper to brag and boast that America is a Christian country when we all know that certainly five-sixths of our population could not enter in at the narrow gate."
Author: Mark Twain
33. "People with fertility problems are not alone. It is a very very common problem for couples today. I've seen statistics that are just staggering."
Author: Michael Zaslow
34. "I bathe in statistics."
Author: Mitt Romney
35. "What makes him successful is the way that he analyzes information. He is not just hunting for patterns. Instead, Bob combines his knowledge of statistics with his knowledge of basketball in order to identify meaningful relationships in the data."
Author: Nate Silver
36. "Without individuals we see only numbers: a thousand dead, a hundred thousand dead, "casualties may rise to a million." With individual stories, the statistics become people – but even that is a lie, for the people continue to suffer, in the numbers that themselves are numbing and meaningless."
Author: Neil Gaiman
37. "Luck is statistics taken personally."
Author: Penn Jillette
38. "Statistics, likelihoods, and probabilities mean everything to men, nothing to God."
Author: Richelle E. Goodrich
39. "The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
Author: Rita Mae Brown
40. "I've taught statistics, math courses and what I've found is that often if you teach them algebraically the formulas, you'll have one group of kids doing well."
Author: Robert Sternberg
41. "With my academic achievement in high school I was accepted rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale, but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates. And that's been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that - there are cultural biases built into testing, and that was one of the motivations for the concept of affirmative action to try to balance out those effects."
Author: Sonia Sotomayor
42. "Consumers are statistics. Customers are people."
Author: Stanley Marcus
43. "In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies."
Author: Stephen Leacock
44. "Laws, it is said, are for the protection of the people. It's unfortunate that there are no statistics on the number of lives that are clobbered yearly as a result of laws: outmoded laws; laws that found their way onto the books as a result of ignorance, hysteria or political haymaking; antilife laws; biased laws; laws that pretend that reality is fixed and nature is definable; laws that deny people the right to refuse protection. A survey such as that could keep a dozen dull sociologists out of mischief for months."
Author: Tom Robbins
45. "In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end."
Author: Tom Seaver
46. "Statistics say that I'm supposed to be in jail. And I'm not supposed to be alive."
Author: Tyler Perry
47. "If we knew about the real facts and statistics of mortality, we'd be terrified."
Author: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
48. "Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination."
Author: Vin Scully
49. "For the true measure of agriculture is not the sophistication of its equipment the size of its income or even the statistics of its productivity but the good health of the land."
Author: Wendell Berry
50. "We have to keep asserting that people committ crimes not because they come from so-called deprived backgrounds, but because they're wicked. The statistics showing that only .00137% of all crimes of senseless violence are carried out by stockbrokers from Sunningdale prove only that folk are stockbrokers because they have a sense of right and wrong - not vice versa."
Author: William Donaldson

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