Part 2 of The 50 Top Data Quotes

  1. “Without big data analytics, companies are blind and deaf, wandering out onto the web like deer on a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore

  2. “War is 90% information.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

  3. “I never guess, it is a shocking habit—destructive to the logical faculty.” – Sherlock Holmes, the Sign of Four

  4. “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” – Mark Twain

  5. “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a voice.” – Stephen Few

  6. “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts—for support rather than for illumination.” – Andrew Lang

  7. “It’s easy to lie with statistics. It’s hard to tell the truth without statistics.” – Andrejs Dunkels

  8. “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” – Mark Twain

  9. “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly, one begins to twist the facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” – Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia

  10. “Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” – Tim Berners-Lee

  11. “Every day, three times per second, we produce the equivalent of the amount of data that the Library of Congress has in its entire print collection, right? But most of it is like cat videos on YouTube or 13-year-olds exchanging text messages about the next Twilight movie.” – Nate Silver

  12. “Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a firehose.” – Mitchell Kapor

  13. “It is very sad that nowadays there is so little useless information.” – Oscar Wilde

  14. “An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.” – John Tukey

  15. “What gets measured gets managed” – Peter Drucker

  16. “Data matures like wine, applications like fish.” – James Governor

  17. “With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer. – Marissa Mayer

  18. “To call in the statistician after the experiment is done may be no more than asking him to perform a post-mortem examination: he may be able to say what the experiment died of.” – Ronald Fisher

  19. “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.” – Hal Varian

  20. “The more data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist” – Marshall McLuhan

  21. “Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce haemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.” – Colin Powell

  22. “Every second of every day, our senses bring in way too much data than we can possibly process in our brains.” –Peter Diamandis, Chairman/CEO, X-Prize Foundation.

  23. “The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways.”Max Levchin, PayPal co-founder.

  24. Big Data definition: Data is Big, when size of the data becomes part of the problem. Roger Magoulas

  25. Big data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it… Dan Ariely

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 1 of The Top 50 Data Quotes follow the link.

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