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.
“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.”
- “To have an eye for opportunity is to be a Data Scientist.”