On statistics:


the most important science in the whole world:

for upon it depends the practical application
of every other science and of every art:

the one science essential to all political and social administration,
all education, all organization based on experience, for it only
gives results of our experience

--Florence Nightingale
Renowned 19th-century British nurse





On statistical literacy:

Statistics rarely lie, but people can and do misuse and misunderstand statistics. Statistical literacy can help the public know when statistics are being presented in a bogus manner and to understand what the statistics really mean.

--Kenneth Prewitt
Former director, Bureau of the Census