Fifteen Quotes on Data

Here are some of my favorite quotes for anyone fascinated by data

  1. “A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding” – Marshall McLuhan
  2. “Anything that is measured and watched improves.” – Bob Parsons
  3. “Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad, founder of Ad.ly
  4. “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.” – Winston Churchill
  5. “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” – Tim Berners-Lee
  6. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley
  7. “For every two degrees the temperature goes up, check-ins at ice cream shops go up by 2%.” – Andrew Hogue, Foursquare
  8. “If you don not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing” – W. Edward Deming
  9. “If the statistics are boring, you’ve got the wrong numbers” – Edward Tufte
  10. “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming
  11. “If you torture the data long enough, it will confess” – Ronald Coase
  12. “Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore 
  13. “Let the data set change your mindset” – Hans Rosling
  14. “Data is the new Oil” – Clive Humby

    and my favorite

    If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine. – Jim Barksdale

PS: Top 15 is the new top 10

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