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The Economist Book of Business Quotations by Bill Ridgers

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“Data, information and statistics

There is a profound difference between information and meaning.

Warren Bennis, academic (1925–)

If you torture the data long enough, it will confess.

Ronald Coase, economist (1910–)

Utility is our national shibboleth: the saviour of the American businessman is fact and his uterine half-brother, statistics.

Edward Dahlberg, novelist (1900–77), The Carnal Myth (1968)

In God we trust; all others must bring data.

W. Edwards Deming, statistician (1900–93)

Facts from paper are not the same as facts from people. The reliability of the people giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves.

Harold Geneen, businessman (1910–97)

Just one cognitive ability distinguished star performers from average: pattern ...

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