statistics

A Quote by Joseph Stalin on death, statistics, and tragedy

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.

Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953)

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A Quote by Hilaire Belloc on death, statistics, and victory

Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.

Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

Source: The Silence of the Sea

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A Quote by Henry Clay on judgment and statistics

Statistics are no substitute for judgment.

Henry Clay (1777 - 1852)

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A Quote by Harmon Killebrew on baseball, fame, home, life, seasons, statistics, and success

I spent twenty-two seasons playing professional baseball. Naturally, success in that field is measured by batting averages, number of home runs and RBIs, fielding averages, ERAs and other statistics. Fame, notoriety and the bright lights fade quickly. To me, true success in life would be to develop both physically and spiritually to our fullest and to endure to the end!

Harmon Killebrew

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A Quote by George Herbert Walker Bush on children, divorce, family, justice, losing, love, parenthood, people, statistics, and wisdom

Then we lost a child, there was that incident, a four year-old little girl. It had a profound effect on me and on Barbara. You know, . . . when you lose a child some families go apart. There's a common wisdom that the loss of a loved one for parents divides them later on. People cite divorce statistics. In our case it was just the other way around. And our family has been close, close, close. And Barbara and I have been married for over 50 years, and I think that horrible incident drew us even closer together.

George H.W. Bush (1924 -)

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A Quote by George C. Scott on potential, presidency, and statistics

General Turgidson rants about the tremendous 'overkill' potential of the nuclear offensive while minimizing the Soviet retaliatory counter-attack casualty statistics: "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed, but I do say no more than ten to twenty million killed, tops, uh, depending on the breaks."

George C. Scott (1927 - 1999)

Source: As General Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964

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A Quote by Florence Nightingale on action, belief, business, community, duty, divinity, evolution, failure, god, guidance, heroism, knowledge, life, politicians, purpose, religion, scientists, statistics, study, success, sympathy, understanding, and univ

Of Florence Nightingale: Her statistics were more than a study, they were indeed her religion. For her Quetelet was the hero as scientist, and the presentation copy of his Physique sociale is annotated by her on every page. Florence Nightingale believed - and in all the actions of her life acted upon that belief - that the administrator could only be successful if he were guided by statistical knowledge. The legislator - to say nothing of the politician - too often failed for want of this knowledge. Nay, she went further; she held that the universe - including human communities - was evolving in accordance with a divine plan; that it was man's business to endeavor to understand this plan and guide his actions in sympathy with it. But to understand God's thoughts, she held we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Thus the study of statistics was for her a religious duty.

Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910)

Source: K. Pearson The Life, Letters and Labours for Francis Galton, vol. 2, 1924.

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A Quote by Douglas Noel Adams on engineering, existence, impossibility, lies, mathematics, money, people, play, preparation, problems, relationships, restaurants, statistics, time, and words

The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or to the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has turned up. The second nonabsolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known to be one of the most bizarre of mathematical concepts, a recipriversexcluson, a number whose existence can only be defined as being anything other than itself. In other words, the given time of arrival is the one moment of time at which it is impossible that any member of the party will arrive. Recipriversexclusons now play a vital part in many branches of math, including statistics and accountancy and also form the basic equations used to engineer the Somebody Else's Problem field. The third and most mysterious piece of nonabsoluteness of all lies in the relationship between the number of items on the bill, the cost of each item, the number of people at the table and what they are each prepared to pay for. (The number of people who have actually brought any money is only a subphenomenon of this field.)

Douglas Noel Adams (1952 - 2001)

Source: Life, the Universe and Everything. New York: Harmony Books, 1982.

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A Quote by Bill Sangster on engineering, statistics, and support

Statistics in the hands of an engineer are like a lamppost to a drunk - they're used more for support than illumination.

Bill Sangster

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on needs and statistics

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: N. T. J. Bailey Mathematical Approach to Biology and Medicine, New York: Wiley, 1967.

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