The amount of data generated every day, every second is massive. If data interests you, as it does millions of (business) people around the world, you might want to read up on what past and present experts have to say about it. Some may support the view you have of data, while others can completely change your perception of it.

Here are some of the best data quotes – gathered from a number of sources on the web – from CEOs, statisticians, authors, even Sherlock Holmes and people way before the modern age of data analysis!

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

While written perhaps in jest, it does give us some thought on wether depending too much on statistical analysis is a good idea, and if data analysis is always as correct as we expect it to be.

“In God we trust, all others bring data” – W. Edwards Deming The quote above refers to the importance of data measurement and analysis when doing business. However, data should act as the foundation for your decision-making process, not as a substitute for your own judgement.

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

Even if just a fictive character in a book, this statement first appeared in 1887, and it tells us, that even back then, the author full and well understood the importance of data.


“If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.”
– Ronald Coase

This quote shows just how far one might be willing to go, just to get a particular conclusion or outcome they want. It’s good going the extra mile in processing data, but it strongly depends on your intention.

Here are a couple more quotes to get that analyst brain of yours going:


  • Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves.” – Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • “By the time your perfect information has been gathered, the world has moved on.”
    Phil Dourado, The 60 Second Leader: Everything You Need to Know about Leadership, in One Minute Bites
  • “To have an eye for opportunity is to be a Data Scientist.”
    Damian Mingle

And have these quotes of data analysis been able to get you inspired of the importance of this area? Or has it gotten you thinking about it’s different sides and aspects? I would love to know what you think! .

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