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  • Writer's pictureMatthew B. Courtney, Ed.D.

Inspirational Data Quotes

Updated: Jan 7, 2023

Inspirational Data Quotes

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Need a little data inspiration? Check out these awesome quotes!


“Think analytically, rigorously, and systematically about a business problem and come up with a solution that leverages the available data.” – Michael O'Conn


“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” — Sherlock Holmes


“With data collection, ‘the sooner the better’ is always the best answer.” – Marissa Mayer


“Data scientists are involved with gathering data, massaging it into a tractable form, making it tell its story, and presenting that story to others.” -Mike Loukides


“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.” – Charles Babbage


“Above all else, show the data.” – Edward R. Tufte


“Big data isn’t about bits, it’s about talent.” – Douglas Merrill


“Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” – Aaron Levenstein


“The world is one big data problem.” – Andrew McAfee


“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories–tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.” – Chip and Dan Heath


“Where there is data smoke, there is business fire.” — Thomas Redman


“On average, people should be more skeptical when they see numbers. They should be more willing to play around with the data themselves.” – Nate Silver


“The goal is to turn data into information and information into insight.” – Carly Fiorina


“Big data is at the foundation of all of the megatrends that are happening today, from social to mobile to the cloud to gaming.” – Chris Lynch


“In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a ‘failed experiment.’ Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.” – Adam Savage


“We are moving slowly into an era where big data is the starting point, not the end.” – Pearl Zhu


“Without a systematic way to start and keep data clean, bad data will happen.” — Donato Diorio


“Every company has big data in its future, and every company will eventually be in the data business.” – Thomas H. Davenport


“We should teach the students, as well as executives, how to conduct experiments, how to examine data, and how to use these tools to make better decisions." -Dan Ariely


"We turn kids into data, but we have to remember to turn the data back into kids." - Matthew B. Courtney


“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” — Daniel Keys Moran


“Data are just summaries of thousands of stories – tell a few of those stories to help make the data meaningful.” — Chip & Dan Heath


“Autodidacts—the self-taught, un-credentialed, data-passionate people—will come to play a significant role in many organizations’ data science initiatives." - Neil Raden


“Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore


“Errors using inadequate data are much less than those using no data at all.” – Charles Babbage


“Most of the world will make decisions by either guessing or using their gut. They will be either lucky or wrong.” – Suhail Doshi


“No great marketing decisions have ever been made on qualitative data.” – John Sculley


“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding.”- Hal Varian


“Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.” – Ronald Coase


“Data beats emotions.” – Sean Rad


“Data is the new oil.” — Clive Humbly


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