Part 1 of The 50 Top Data Quotes

  1. “Maybe stories are just data with a soul.” ― Brené Brown

  2. “What we have is a data glut.” – Vernon Vinge

  3. “The world is one big data problem.” – Andrew McAfee

  4. “Data really powers everything that we do.” – Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn

  5. “Big data is at the foundation of all of the megatrends that are happening today, from social to mobile to the cloud to gaming.” – Chris Lynch, ex-Vertica CEO

  6. “We chose it because we deal with huge amounts of data. Besides, it sounds really cool.” – Larry Page, founder of Google

  7. “Data is the new oil!” – Clive Humby, dunnhumby

  8. “Data is the new oil? No: Data is the new soil.” – David McCandless

  9. “In times like these when unemployment rates are up to 13%, income has fallen by 5%, and suicide rates are climbing I get so angry that the government is wasting money on things like collection of statistics!” – From Hans Rosling’s The Joy of Stats

  10. “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant

  11. “Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad, founder of

  12. “Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore, author and consultant

  13. “If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” – Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO

  14. “The goal is to turn data into information, and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina, former executive, president, and chair of Hewlett-Packard Co.

  15. “Data is the new science. Big data holds the answers.” – Pat Gelsinger, EMC

  16. “Hiding within those mounds of data is knowledge that could change the life of a patient, or change the world.” – Atul Butte, Stanford

  17. “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” – Daniel Keys Moran

  18. “The plural of anecdote is not data.” Marc Bekoff

  19. “Now I existed solely thanks to the quantum paradox, my brain a collection of qubits in quantum superposition, encoding truths and memories, imagination and irrationality in opposing, contradictory states that existed and didn’t exist, all at the same time.” ― Robin Wasserman, Crashed

  20. “Things get done only if the data we gather can inform and inspire those in a position to make difference.” ― Mike Schmoker, Results

  21. “Data, Data, Data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay!” – Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure in the Copper Beaches

  22. “Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” – Peter Sondergaard

  23. “Data are becoming the new raw material of business.” – Craig Mundie

  24. “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.” – Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

  25. “Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison’s inventions.” – Ernest Dimnet


All these quotes inspire me in my daily work with data. Do they the same to you? If you have others that should be in this Top 50 then please comment them beneath. For Part 2 of The Top 50 Data Quotes follow the link.

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