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Miscellaneous Quotes of Wisdom
- Alexander Pope - An Essay on Criticism
models are wrong, some are useful."
- George E. P. Box, one of the great statistical minds of the 20th century
like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity,
it should end there."
- Clare Booth Luce
Let the Perfect Be the Enemy of the Good.”
"Everyone is entitled to their own
opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."
- New York Senator Danial Patrick Moynihan
"Experts ought to be on tap and
not on top."
- Irish editor and writer George William Russell
"I think we ought to exercise one of
the sovereign prerogatives of philosophers— that of laughter."
- Charles L. Black
"If you torture the data long enough,
it will confess to anything."
- from Darrell Huff's book "How to Lie With Statistics" (1954)
is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he
cannot free himself from them."
- Albert Camus
what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!"
- Sir Walter Scott
is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a
disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."
- Baruch Spinoza
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men
should do nothing.”
- Edmund Burke
"The simplest explanation, that fits
all the known facts, is most often the correct explanation."
- Variation of Occam's Razor
are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe
- George Orwell
is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat,
plausible, and wrong."
- H. L. Mencken
who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
- Edmund Burke
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
- George Santayana
"What can be asserted without
evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
- Christopher Hitchens
men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe
in nothing. They then become capable of believing in anything."
Émile Cammaerts (often mistakenly attributed to G. K. Chesterton)
"You are free to choose, but you
are not free from the consequence of your choice."
- Ezra Taft Benson