Unfamiliar Quotations

Mathematics and Statistics


"If the true population is unknown, how can one be sure that the most recent census accounted for 98.4 percent?" - Chief Justice William Rehnquist


"By definition, most people are in the majority most of the time." -Joachim Krueger

“Almost all dogs don't talk. Ones that do are merely a statistical error, and can therefore be ignored." -Terry Pratchett

"Mankind has always found it easier to sacrifice his life than to learn the multiplication table." - W. Somerset Maugham

"The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the n-th power, take the cube root and prepare  wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn pleases." - an anonymous English judge, quoted by Sir Josiah Stamp, 1929
 
"In numbers there is quantity." -Richard Connolly

"A lottery is a taxation on all of the fools in creation." -Henry Fielding
 
"Data is the plural of anecdote." -Senator Patrick Moynihan