There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
I will stand on, and continue to use, the figures I have used, because I believe they are correct. Now, I’m not going to deny that you don’t now and then slip up on something; no one bats a thousand.
—Ronald Reagan (1911–2004) American Head of State
I could prove God statistically.
—George Gallup (1901–84) American Public-Opinion Pollster
A single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.
—Joseph Stalin (1878–1953) Soviet Leader
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
Round numbers are always false.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
—Henry Clay (1777–1852) American Politician
Statistically, the probability of any of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in contented dazzlement of surprise.