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The list below includes some general quotes that may be appropriate in some statistics eduicational settings.


"Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math." (Author Unknown)

"Then there is the man who drowned crossing a stream with an average depth of six inches." (W.I.E. Gates)

"The average human has one breast and one testicle." (Des McHale)

"Statistics may be defined as a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty." (W.A. Wallis)

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." (Mark Twain & Benjamin Disraeli)

"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." (Louis D. Brandeis)

“If a man knows not what harbor, any wind is the right wind.” (Seneca)

“I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.” (Thomas Jefferson)

"If you want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligible, as long as there is enough of them." (Lewis Carroll)

"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics." (Fletcher Knebel)

"Like other occult techniques of divination, the statistical method has a private jargon deliberately contrived to obscure its methods from non-practitioners." (G. O. Ashley)

"Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted." (George Gallup)

"A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems." (Paul Erdos)

"Statistics: The only science that enables different experts using the same figures to draw different conclusions." (Evan Esar)

"Like dreams, statistics are a form of wish fulfillment." (Jean Baudrillard)

"Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures." (Evan Esar)

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” (Florence Nightingale)

“Advice is like cooking - you should try it first before you feed it to others.” (Herbert Browne)

“Again and again the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.” (Robert Schuller)

“If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a person with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.” (Marc Chagall)

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” (Tom Peters)

“To know what is right and not do it is as bad as doing wrong.” (Ken Dooley)

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” (Nancy Donahue)

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” (Carlos Castaneda)

“The most destructive criticism is indifference.” (Unknown source)

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” (Yogi Berra)

“Obstacles are things people see when they take their eyes off the goal.” (Robert Thorpe)

“God designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.” (Unknown source)

“Slowing down reminds you that the journey is supposed to be fun.” (Ann Bancroft)

“It you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (Derek Bok)

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” (Carl Jung)

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” (Mark Twain)

“You will never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.” (Charles Kettering)

“Measure twice because you can only cut once.” (Unknown source)

“We are apt to say that money talks, but it speaks a broken, poverty-stricken language. Hearts talk better, clearer and with wider intelligence.” (William White)

“If you have nothing else to do, look about you and see if there isn’t something close at hand that you can improve. It may make you wealthy, though it is more likely that it will make you happy.” (George Adams)

“The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters.” (Jean-Paul Kauffmann)

“There is on thing stronger than all the armies in the works, and that is an idea whose time has come.” (Victor Hugo)

“If we are not responsible for the thoughts that pass our doors, we are at least responsible for those we admit and entertain.” (Charles Newcomb)

“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” (Doug Larson)

“Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are.” (Albert Camus)

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views … which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering” (Dr. Who)

“I’ve never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind. Being broke is only a temporary situation.” (Mike Todd)

“An overdose of praise is like 10 lumps of sugar in coffee; only a few people can swallow it.” (Emily Post)

“Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.” (Mortimer Zimmerman)

“Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do.” (Savielly Tartakove)

“The best way to keep good acts in memory is to refresh them with new ones.” (Raymond Murphy)

“Find a way to make changes in yourself instead of someone else. Sometimes the results are the same.” (Unknown source)

“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love … give it the best there is in you … seize your opportunities … and be a member of the team.” (Benjamin Fairless)

“The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: It is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” (Salvador Dali)

“History is always repeating itself, but each time the price goes up.” (Will Durant)

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” (John Burroughs)

“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay awhile, make footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.” (Susan Wilbur)

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

“The knowledge that a secret exists is half of the secret.” (Unknown source)

“An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer.” (Carol Burns)

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” (Unknown source)

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” (Mickey Rooney)




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